• Months after Maharashtra imposed its ban on plastics, raising fears of job losses and a sizeable financial impact on local industry, urban bodies in the State have reported reductions in plastic waste of up to 40%, officials said.
  • According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s Environment Status Report 2017-18, plastic accounted for 3.2% of the approximately 7,500 tonnes of waste generated daily in Mumbai.
  • The manufacturing industry claims the ban has hit industry hard, with a loss of ₹15,000 crore and rendering almost 3 lakh people jobless.
  • This is going to lead to mass scale unemployment,
  • India’s per capita consumption of plastic is much less as compared to other countries, so why the haste in bringing a ban?
  • Has the government studied feasibility of alternatives to plastic?
  • The plastic industry contributes to at least 10% of the State’s GDP.
  • The State has lost around ₹800 crore in GST alone.
  • More than 12 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans every year. Indian cities are throwing away 600 truckloads of plastic each day.
  • The state must look at opportunities for viewing waste as a resource, an investment and an employment provider.