Pack­aged wa­ter in­dus­try warns govt on sin­gle-use-plas­tic ban

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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

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