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AFTER PUNE, NOW MUMBAI PLANS TO TOTALLY BAN PLASTIC BAGS

plastic-bag-4The MCGM is planning a total ban on plastic bags in Mumbai – currently, only those less than 50 microns in thickness are banned. That ban was imposed by the state government in 2005, on the behest of the MCGM. Plastic bags had proved to be a major factor in the choking of drains in the city during the 26/7 flooding. Bags less than 50 microns were banned because they tend to fly easily because of their light weight, landing in drains and sewage lines, and preventing the smooth flow of rainwater. Since then, the MCGM has found that the 50-micron ban has not proven useful since monitoring the sale of bags less than 50 microns is difficult. Now, the MCGM is planning to implement what the Pune Municipal Corporation announced earlier this week – a complete ban on the sale of plastic bags. The proposal for the same is likely to be discussed in the next meeting of the civic group leaders in the first week of January. The Maharashtra Plastic Carry Bags (Manufacture and Usage) Rules, 2006, say the minimum thickness of plastic carry bags must be 50 microns, and their size must be no less than 8 x 12 inches. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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