Maharashtra government gave citizens three months to switch to alternatives
On March 23, the Maharashtra cabinet banned the manufacture, usage, sale, transport, distribution, wholesale and retail sale and storage, import of plastic bags with or without handle, and disposable products made out of plastic and thermocol.
The government gave three months to citizens to switch to alternatives, and now those found using plastic will have to pay heavily.
The items included in the ban are high-quality carry bags, plastic, thermocol decorative items, disposable cutlery and non-woven polypropylene bags.
Pet bottles (used by beverage companies), plastic used to package medicines, compostable packaging bags used for horticulture and agriculture purposes and raincoats, pens, plastic wrappers have been excluded from the ban.
Plastic used for handling solid waste has also been excluded.