Maharashtra revises plastic ban, lifts curbs on compostable items

The decision was taken in a meeting of the state environment department, headed by the Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday. The resolution is in consonance with central government’s policy on plastic ban. An amended notification to this effect will be issued in the next few days, following an approval from the chief minister’s office (CMO), officials said.

The state environment department had banned the manufacturing, use, storing, distribution, wholesale, retail sale, import and transportation of all kinds of plastic bags, single use disposable items made of plastic and thermocol on March 23, 2018. Plastic to wrap or store products and small PET and PETE bottles with a capacity to carry less than half litre, among other things, were also banned.