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Milk pouches to PET bottles: Giving up plastic will be hard habit to break

Lacking serious government legislation and punitive action, the impact of the ban on single-use plastics is questionable

According to the Central Pollution Control Board, India generates over 26,000 metric tonnes every day of plastic waste of which 6 per cent is MLP
According to the Central Pollution Control Board, India generates over 26,000 metric tonnes every day of plastic waste of which 6 per cent is MLP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarion call on Independence Day urging citizens to eliminate the use of single-use plastics (SUP) from October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, has refocused the spotlight on corporate India’s preparedness in making his vision a reality. The reason: India Inc is one of the key users of SUP — ranging from pet bottles, tetra packs, multi-layered plastics (MLP) to milk pouches. But opinion is divided on the PM’s war on waste. Some say it is all optics, lacking serious government legislation and punitive action. But ...