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Manufacturers protest ban on rigid single-use plastics, fear loan default

Industry grouse - 22 products have been banned although they are fully recyclable, while non-recyclable packaging used by FMCG firms have been let off

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The ban threatens to shut down the Rs 10,000-crore, mostly small-scale, industry

Surajeet Das Gupta New Delhi
Days before the July 1 ban on 22 single-use plastic products, makers of rigid plastic plates, trays, spoons and forks, belonging mostly to the small-scale sector, have accused the government of adopting double standards on banning single-use plastics.
 
The Thermoformers and Allied Industries Association (TAIA), which represents 850 manufacturers employing 200,000 people (and 500,000 indirectly), has pointed out that while the government has imposed a blanket ban on their products without providing any specifications for exemptions, it has exempted multi-layered packaging used by large global and domestic fast-moving consumer goods companies for packing snacks, chips, coffee and so on.
 
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First Published: Jun 27 2022 | 9:41 PM IST

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