The state has seen numerous ban over the years but the most recent Plastic Ban has garnered a major attention, because of its witnessed consequences. The plastic ban was introduced 3 months back but has supposedly put to strict implementation now.
The initiative may require the Corporate Companies to take some quick actions to abide by the rules put forth by the state government.
But above all, Corporate companies, are you aware of the ban in detail, why the ban is introduced, its positive impact on the environment and how to incorporate substitutes of plastic?
Let us discover the facts that surround the plastic ban and how plastic has impacted the environment.
What is plastic made from?
Plastics are simply chains of like molecules linked together. These chains are called polymers. Polymers often are made of carbon and hydrogen and sometimes oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur, chlorine, fluorine, phosphorous, or silicon.
Why is it dangerous?
– Plastic is ubiquitous in nature; it merges and mixes with every element and pollutes it. Today plastic is also found in the deepest parts of water bodies, coldest areas of the Artic, hottest places and not to forget, our everyday surroundings.
– Toxic chemicals leach out of plastic and are found in the blood and tissue of nearly all of us. Exposure to them is linked to cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption and other ailments.
– Chemicals in plastic which give them their rigidity or flexibility (flame retardants, bisphenols, phthalates and other harmful chemicals) are oily poisons that repel water and stick to petroleum-based objects like plastic debris. So, the toxic chemicals that leach out of plastics can accumulate on other plastics.
– Even the tiniest creatures in our oceans are eating microplastics and absorbing their hazardous chemicals. Many such sea animals are largely affected by the plastic accumulated on the shores.
– People, unintentionally, consume a lot of plastic toxins. It occurs by the way of eating hot food in plastic containers, using plastic cutlery for consuming food, plastic tea cups and consuming products from old, used plastic bottles.
This is the main reason why Corporate companies should implement the ban in their premises on an immediate basis!
1. All kinds of plastic bags, irrespective of their thickness,
2. Plastic tea cups, glasses
3. Thermocol glasses
3. Thermocol used for decoration
4. Plastic items used in hotels to parcel food like boxes, spoons
What’s not banned
The exemptions have been made to minimise discomfort to businesses till the time alternatives have a strong presence in the market.
1. Plastic and thermocol used by manufacturing companies
2. Plastic and thermocol used to package appliances
3. Plastic raincoats
4. Plastic bags for storing food grains
5. Plastic bags used for packaged food items like chips, biscuits, etc.
6. Plastic items used in hospitals like saline bottles
7. Thermocol boxes used to store medicines
8. Plastic pens
9. Milk pouches that are above 50 microns in thickness
10. Plastic pouches used in plant nurseries
All these have to be accompanied by a ‘Buy Back’ policy – the companies should purchase the plastic produced from the consumers back, while trying to find biodegradable options for the same.
What’s the penalty
The first time offenders will have to pay a fine of Rs 5,000. Violating the ban for the second time will incur a penalty to the tune of Rs 10,000 and Rs 25,000 along with a jail term of three months for a third-time offence. Bring plastic items from other states to Maharashtra will result in three months imprisonment.
What are the possible substitutes for the plastic a Corporate can adopt?
1. Use of clay or steel glasses and cups for serving tea/coffee/water or any cold-drinks
2. Avoid using plastic lunch boxes even if they are of good well-known brands. Use of stainless steel lunch boxes is advised
3. Ensuring that the food is not packed in the plastic bags or plastic boxes
4. Every company should clear the garbage that is generated from the premises which include plastic and should be composted on a regular basis
5. Every single employee in the company should be instructed to avoid usage of plastic. This awareness can be spread by putting boards and conducting sessions on improving the environment
6. The wastes in the company should be segregated and then forwarded for decomposition
7. Employee health can be safeguarded, considering the risks plastic poses by way of contamination
8. Only with the improved health of the employees and their family members, will the rate of absenteeism reduce and their productivity will increase
9. Improved productivity shall only benefit the company – improved brand value, completed targets and increased annual turnover
The major benefit of the plastic ban to the Corporate is the cost-cutting that will take place. Huge amounts of cost spent on the plastic things will be reduced and won’t be borne by the company henceforth.
The above points will surely help a Corporate Company to combat the issues of the ban. Also, this will only improve the quality of the environment and help the Company to implement the actions wisely.
Every company must ensure that plastic completely eradicated from the premises and proper substitutes are been used by the employees.
The plastic ban initiative is indeed a productive one and hopefully will be implemented and exercised by all the in the state.
Before we sign out, here’s some products that are banned and the alternatives that you can use immediately!