Packaged water industry warns govt on single-use-plastic ban
New Delhi: The packaged drinking water industry on Monday told the government that the PET bottles used by them should not be classified as single use plastic (SUP) and warned of adverse impact on the Rs 30,000 crore industry since no alternative was immediately possible. They said the entire PET bottle industry is worth Rs 7.5 lakh crore.
The industry’s stand at a meeting chaired by consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan came amid growing anticipation of the government coming out with the list of SUP items in the next one week that would be be banned or phased out. Government officials also admitted that currently there is no definition of SUP in India. The industry representatives said any ban on plastic water bottles will have severe repercussions as it engages over seven crore people, directly and indirectly. “Drinking water bottles can be recycled and nearly 60% of these are recycled in India,” they told Paswan.
However, environment ministry officials said government was conscious about the impact and all concerns will be taken into account while announcing the negative list of SUP items.
Paswan asked the industry to give their suggestions in the next three days while adding that there was a proposal whether tetra packing of water was possible. “But this will require change in the norms prescribed by food regulator, FSSAI, which mandates that 85% of all drinking water bottles have to be transparent so that people see it...I want to appeal that there is pollution and various diseases because of plastics. Recycling is an alternative but not a permanent solution. Permanent solution is that plastic should be replaced,” he said.
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The packaged drinking water industry said on Monday that the PET bottle segment was worth Rs 7.5 lakh crore