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Experts stress on recycling plastic rather than banning it

Source: The Indian Express, Date: , 2017

The Indian Express, Mumbai, Jan 2017: Experts in the field of packaging have stressed on the need to recycle or regulate plastic produced in the country rather than banning it in order to prevent environmental pollution. “It is necessary that we (industry and consumers) use plastics in an environmentally sustainable manner. Therefore, regulation of plastic waste both at producer-level and consumer-level is important,” R R Rashmi, Special Secretary of Union Ministry of Forests and Environment told a one-day conference held in Mumbai on Saturday.The conference was organised by Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), an autonomous body under Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry. “We have established a regime both for producers and consumers. There is a provision for user fees on consumer now. If you go to a shopping mall they will not give you a carry bag unless you pay for it, the reason being that consumers should become conscious for not using it,” he said.

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