In wake of plastic ban, now most of the beverage companies like PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Bisleri have started printing buyback prices on PET bottles for sale in Maharashtra. The companies have fixed the buyback price at Rs 15 per kg of the bottles and Rs 5 per kg for shrink wraps.
The government, while implementing the ban, has already clarified that the responsibility of recycling the banned plastic bottles will be with the manufacturers. Sanjay Sandanshiv, undersecretary, state environment department told Asian Age, “We allowed manufacturing companies to keep the buyback value flexible. Consumers can return the used bottles and the buyback price will be paid to them.”
Even though the government has also authorised manufacturers to determine buyback price of the bottles, it has already recommended a buyback price of Rs 1 over the MRP for bottles with a capacity of 1 litre or more and Rs 2 extra for bottles of over 200 ml.
Bisleri has already started working on the buyback price of Rs 1 for 500 ml packaged water bottles. Bisleri spokesperson told the leading daily, “We have already started the ‘plastic for change’ initiative in our company, where we are collecting used plastic bottles as donations from the public. We are also introducing the buyback price on packaged drinking water.”