The All India Plastics Manufacturers Association environment team has issued the following interpretation of Maharashtra Plastics Ban Notification.
|THE ALL INDIA PLASTICS MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION
Interpretation of Maharashtra Plastics Ban Notification
|Notification As on 23rd March 2018
Notification As on 30th June 2018
|Notification As on 02th July 2018||Changes|
|Multi-layered packaging||“Multi-layeredPackaging”means any material used or to be used for packaging and having atleast one layer of plastic as the main ingredient in combination with one or more layer so material such as paper, paperboard, polymeric materials, metalized layers or aluminium foil either in the form of laminate or co-extruded structure.||Definition added|
|Paper based cart on packaging using onelayer of plastic||“Paper-Based Cart on Packaging using one layerof plastic” means a container for liquid and solid food and beverages(e.g.milk,juice,etc.),where the primary constituent material is paper boardandwhichmayhaveoneormorelayerofplastic, foil necessary to allow safe and hygienic consumption.||Definition added|
|PET/PETE Bottles of drnking water||PET/PETE Bottles of Drinking water, having liquid holding capacity of one litre or more, shall be printed on it, the Deposit and Refund Price of Re.1 or buy back price as decided by the Manufacturer. Drinking water PET/PETEBottles, having liquid holding capacity of less than one litre but more than 200ml. shall be printed on it, the Deposit and Refund Price of Rs. 2 or buyback price as decided by the||Drinking water PET/PETE bottle above 200ml is allowed|
|Use, sale,storage and manufacture of drinking water PET or PETE bottles of having liquid holding capacity less than 200||Clause added|
|It is mandatory on the part of the bulk consumers of PET bottles such as hotels, marriage/party halls, outdoor event locations, offices/institutions shall provide space for collection of plastic waste.||Clause added|
|It shall be the sole responsibility of the PET Bottle industries to ensure that these bottles are collected from retailers at depository and refund rate or buyback rate and are recycled.||Clause added|
|Integral Packaging/Industrial Packaging||The plastic cover/plastic to wrap the material at the manufacturing stage or is an integral part of manufacturing.
Guidelines to recycle or reuse such plastics hould be printed prominent lyon the cover and material.
|Plastic material/thermocol used for wrapping the material at the manufacturing stage or is an integral part of manufacturing shall comply the following conditions:||Earlier the ambiguity between bags and films has been removed as all plastic material is introduced|
|a.The packaging material shall be more than 50 micron thickness;||Thickness of 50 microns introduced including for BOPP as Well as Multilayer Packaging|
|The packaging material shall be made up of minimum 20% recyclable plastic material(except for food packaging)||For non food 20% recycle indroduced.|
|a.The packaging material(except for export purpose) shall be printed with manufacturer’s details, type of plastic with code number and buyback price||a)All Packaging needs to be Printed with Manufacturers name, Location, PCC number, Recycle Code and Buy Back Price.b)All these conditions are exempt for export packaging|
|b.The manufacturers/manufacturers’association using material for packaging shall work together and create a buy back mechanism and diligently implement their Extende Producer’s Responsibility(EPR) Plan which includes co-ordination/collaboration with existing Rag pickers/Scrap Traders, retailers for collection of plastic waste and its subsequent recycling and final disposal through their own established recycling plant or registerd recyclers by establishing Producer’s Responsible Organisations, which shall be responsible for 100% integral Plastic waste management from collection to final disposal.||EPR introduced for collection of waste and its subsequent recycling and final disposal.|
|Retail Packaging||N.A.||vi.Whole salers and Retailers of groceries and grain products are allowed to sell groceries and grain products insealed plastic packaging material subjct to compliance of following conditions:||Grain and Grocery bags allowed in Retail but need to be sealed|
|a.The plastic packaging material shall be more than 50 micron thickness with a minimum weight of 2grams.
The packaging material shall be printed with manufacturer’s details, type of plastic with code number and buy-back price.
|Minimum 50 mic with minimum weight of 2 grams.
All Packaging needs to be Printed with Manufacturers name, Location, PCCnumber,
Recycle Code and Buy Back Price.
|b.Manufacturing associations for retail packaging material and retailer’s associations shall work to create a mechanism for the collection of the platic through a buyback mechanism and ensure the recycling and final disposal of the collected plastic materials.||EPR introduced forcollection of waste and its subsequent recycling and final disposal|
|c.The conditions mentioned above in vi(a) and (b) shall be complied for use and sale of plastic packaging material within a period of three month from the date of issuance of this Amended Notification.||Retailers allowed 3 months to exhaust their stocks|
|The Manufacturers shall comply with the conditions mentioned at Sr.No.vi(a) and vi(b) from the date of issuance of this Notification||Manufacturers need to comply with the changes immediate|
|E-Commerce||N.A||Plastic Packaging material used for products intended for sale in the State of Maharashtra through E-Commerce shall be allowed only for three months, however, they shall develop Environmental-Friendly Alternative for packaging of materials within three months. They shall create a mechanism for the collection of the plastic packaging material used during three months and ensure the recycling and final disposal.||Sunset Clause for sale in Maharashtra-3Months, Exempt for use and sale outside Maharastra. EPR introduced forcollection of waste and its subsequent recycling and final disposal|
|Bottles below 500ml banned||Bottles below 200ml for DRINKING WATER banned||Restriction imposed on a section SKU of an essential product (water) even in a plastic that is 100% recyclable|
|PET/PETE||Bottle-size dependent Buyback prices PRESCRIBED||Bottle-size dependent Buyback prices RECOMMENDED||Flexibility provided to Producers to decide the Buyback prices. This will help the prices to be brought in line with the existing (kabadiwala) value chain in the recycling loop.|
|What buyback price to be printed on 200ml drinking water bottle is not mentioned.||This specific size has been missed out in clause 2 (c ) and 2 (d). Wording in clause 2 (c ) should be "for sizes 200ml and more…".|
|Requirement of printing buyback prices on various sized bottles is mentioned (without specifying any particular liquid).||Requirement of printing buyback prices on various sized bottles for drinking water is mentioned.||Requirement of printing buyback prices on various sized bottles for other contents (drinks) is NOT mentioned.|
|Clause 2 (f) states that the Responsibility of collection of used bottles rests with "PET Bottle indusries" This phrase implies the "converters", whereas the govt. wants to say "brand-owners".||Correct phrase should be Responsibility of collection of used bottles rests with "PET Bottle-using indusries"|
|Disclaimer: This document is made by AIPMA from its understanding of the notification and is not a notification. AIPMA is not responsible for any miscommunication if caused due to it.|
|Hiten Bheda||Akhilesh Bhargava|
|President - AIPMA||Chairman - Environment & Recycling Committee|