‘Alternatives to plastic will sour milk prices’
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