Trade body urges government to postpone single-use plastic ban

New Delhi: Traders body Confederation of All Indian Traders (CAIT) has urged the government to postpone the ban on single-use plastic, citing the lack of alternatives in the market. The ban is expected to come into effect on July 1.

In a letter to union environment minister Bhupendra Yadav, the association, which represents dozens of small and medium-sized traders across India, said that while banning single-use plastic is a pragmatic step and essential to protect the environment, it could prove to be a nightmare for trade and commerce in the absence of equivalent alternatives.

India is set to ban the use of single-use plastic products including plates, cups, straws, trays and polystyrene from next month.

However, several industries that rely on the use of these products have sought a gradual transition to plastic alternatives instead of a blanket ban.

Although the business community supports the government on the issue, but at the same time they are of the view that sufficient preparations have not been made to provide an equivalent alternative to single-use plastic, CAIT said.

CAIT also suggested forming a task force of senior officials and stakeholders to set a timeline for implementing the order and exploring alternatives to plastic.

“Since merchants are the first point of connection for consumers and the public, they will have to deal with the consequences, even if the merchants selling the products are only acting as part of the supply chain putting things together. available to the public,” BCBhartia, national president, CAIT, and Praveen Khandelwal, general secretary, at the trade association, said.

Traders, they said, are obligated to sell goods in whatever packaging they receive from the original manufacturer or source.

“Unless and until companies and manufacturing units are not forced to stop the use of single-use plastic in the production line or in the packaging of finished products, there will always be an opportunity to use single-use plastic in the consumer’s home,” they said. added.

During this time, they also researched the availability of alternative carrier bags instead of plastic carrier bags.

Thousands of industries and production units are involved in the job-providing plastic trade.

“In the event of a single-use plastic shutdown, their business operations will come to an end, which could also lead to the unemployment of all those people working in these companies. In this context, the government should find viable alternatives so that these industries and production houses can divert their commercial activities towards such viable alternatives and that employment is not disrupted,” they said in their communication.

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