‘Al­ter­na­tives to plas­tic will sour milk prices’

DNA (Delhi) - - FRONT PAGE - Sud­hir Suryawan­shi Sud­[email protected]­dia.net

Mum­bai: With Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment firm­ing its stand against the use of plas­tic bag for pack­ag­ing milk, pro­duc­ers in the state have threat­ened that this could raise the prices for the con­sumers. They es­ti­mate a rise of Rs

10 to Rs 15 for milk sup­plied in glass bot­tles, and Rs 30 per litre for te­tra packs.

Ex­perts in the pack­ag­ing in­dus­try, how­ever, say the rise need not be so dras­tic – it should only go up to Rs 5 per litre.

The state gov­ern­ment SPILT MILK SUP­PLI­ERS SAY `10-15 `30/l had asked milk pro­duc­ers and distrib­u­tors to in­tro­duce a sys­tem to re­cy­cle plas­tic packets from Jan­uary 1, 2019. “Ev­ery day, over 1.5 crore plas­tic bags are gen­er­ated in Mum­bai alone,” said state En­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Ram­das Kadam. “We are not im­pos­ing a blan­ket ban on plas­tic bags. We want milk sup­pli­ers and distrib­u­tors to be more re­spon­si­ble and rec­ol­lect dis­carded bags. Con­sumers re­turn­ing such bags should get a dis­count of 50 paise to Re 1.” Milk sup­pli­ers say it is prac­ti­cally im­pos­si­ble to im­ple­ment this. EX­PERTS SAY `2-5/ltr

rise for glass bot­tlesfor te­tra packs

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