Mumbai plastic ban: Preparing themselves for a plastic-free era, several restaurants in Mumbai plan to either increase the charges for home-delivery and takeaway of liquid items, or remove such items from the delivery menu from Saturday.
While the railways has informed its caterers and vendors not to use banned cutlery or packaging items, IRCTC plans to install plastic bottle crushers at some stations to take care of plastic bottles, paper cups, plates and other disposable items.
The ban is the brainchild of Shiv Sena youth leader Aaditya Thackeray and has been endorsed by Amruta Fadnavis, wife of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who belongs to the BJP.
Plastic constitutes 3% of all garbage generated in Mumbai every year. Unless disposed properly, this waste clogs the drainage system or ends up being eaten by cattle or is released into the sea which then throws it back onto the city’s shoreline.
Also Read:- Bollywood celebrities Rented House::15 Famous Bollywood celebrities who are staying on a rented apartment
Existing landfills are unable to process the growing amounts of waste, and space for building additional dump yards is scarce. However, several teething troubles will accompany the implementation of the ban, particularly as it comes at the start of the monsoon season.
The absence of suitable economical alternatives to cheap plastic will negatively impact common consumers as well as wholesalers and retailers. The ban will hit some industries hard, particularly restaurants that cannot package takeaway in single-use plastic containers. At least on Saturday, one prominent restaurant in Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri, will not serve sambhar with dosa and will omit juice from the home delivery menu. Chutney will not be despatched, and gravy items may be stopped if they spill from foil containers.
Also Read:- Mumbai Water logging: 7 Reasons Why Mumbai has to suffer during monsoon Every Single Year
Source: Timesofindia (mumbai plastic ban)