Plastic Ban and way forward for Food Industry

Background: Recently, the Environment Department, Govt of Maharashtra has banned the use of Plastic & Thermocol in Maharashtra State by a Notification, Plastic-2018/C.R. No.24/TC-4, as the non-biodegradable plastic garbage waste is causing a serious damage to environment and health. ‘Plastic’ means the material; which contains as an essential ingredient, a high polymer such as polyethylene terephthalate, high density polyethylene, vinyl, low density polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene resins, polystyrene (Thermocol), non-woven polypropylene, multi-layered co-extruder, polypropylene, poly-terephthalate, poly-amides, poly-methyl-methacrylate, plastic micro-beads, etc.

The ban covers the entire State of Maharashtra for manufacture, usage, transport,  distribution, wholesale & retail sale and storage, import of the plastic bags with handle and without handle, and the disposable products manufactured from Plastic & Thermocol (polystyrene) such as single use disposable dish, cups, plates, glasses, fork, bowl, container, disposable dish / bowl used for packaging of food in hotels, spoon, straw, non-woven polypropylene bags, cups/ pouches to store liquid, packaging with plastic to wrap or store the products, packaging of food items and food grain material etc. The officers of Municipal Councils and Corporations as well as the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and some other Govt. Agencies would be implementing this Regulation.


The Regulation also excludes the few sectors such as Medicines, Milk, all Export Packets, Wraps used in manufacturing goods and compostable plastic bags used for plant nurseries. However, there are strict conditions of mentioning of buyback price, recycling etc. on usage of plastic for these purposes. The Food Industry uses a high quality and thick micron plastic for packaging of the Processed Food for keeping it safe from the microbial contamination and product deterioration in storage. In short, sooner or later the Regulation will be implemented all over Maharashtra State and the new Regulation will be definitely affecting the Food Processing Industry. Therefore, the Food Sector should start looking for some alternatives such as bio-degradable plastic materials etc.


To understand more on this subject, the Food Processing Committee of MCCIA has organized an Interaction Meeting with the Joint Commissioner of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Plastic Ban and way forward for Food Industry. We have also invited the officials of the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) Pune to guide the Food Processing stakeholders on the ‘Future Scenario and Alternatives’ available, if any, to reduce the plastic pollution in solid waste management.


For Whom:  The program is mainly designed for Food Processing Industry, Entrepreneurs & Individuals who are in Food Business. The session could be suitable for Farmers’ Groups, Farmers Producer Companies (FPCs/FPOs), Women Self-Help-Groups-(SHGs), Mahila Bachat Gats, and other stakeholders in Food Processing, Students of Food Science, Food Traders, Food Service Providers, Caterers, Hotel & Restaurant Operators and Women Entrepreneurs can participate in the Meeting.


The details of the Interaction Meeting are as follows:

Day & Date       : Friday, 13th July 2018

Time                   :  3.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. (Registration & Tea starts at 3.00 p.m.)

Venue                 :  MCCIA Main Building, Tilak Road, Near Swargate, Shukrawar Peth, Pune-2

Fees                     :  No Fees for MCCIA Members, (Membership Number is necessary)

                                 For Non-Members, the Entry Fee would be Rs.100 + Rs.18 GST = Rs.118/- per head.

                                                (Please carry exact amount)


Registration: Prior Registration is necessary. Rush your entries. Limited Seats; Registration will be accepted on first-come-first-serve basis. Please register your name by Email to Mr. Yashodhan Jatar, Executive on Email ID - MCCIA Tilak Road Office, Pune. Please mention Name of Person, Name of Company, and Contact Number & Email ID in your email. Last Date for Registration –13th July 2018, Before 12 Noon. On the Spot or Telephonic registrations will NOT be accepted. Late and Free entry for non members will not be allowed; No Refund Policy. Right of Admission reserved by the MCCIA.

7/13/2018 3:30 PM - 7/13/2018 5:00 PM
MCCIA Main Building
Near Swargate
Shukrawar Peth,
MCCIA, Tilak Road, Pune India

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