Pune Municipal Corporation Takes Aim at Single-Use Plastic Manufacturers

PMC’s Initiative Targets Source of Plastic Pollution to Safeguard Environment

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has escalated its fight against plastic pollution by shifting its focus to the source — single-use plastic manufacturers. In a significant move, the PMC’s solid waste management department has proposed action against manufacturers operating within and outside municipal limits, marking a pivotal step in the city’s battle against plastic pollution.

Sandip Kadam, Head of PMC’s Solid Waste Management department, stressed the criticality of targeting manufacturers to stem the flow of illegal plastic products into the market. Despite existing measures to curb the sale and usage of banned plastic, this proposal seeks to bolster enforcement efforts and address the issue at its root cause.

This initiative aligns with the Maharashtra government’s ban on plastics announced in March 2018, coupled with the enforcement of the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016. Furthermore, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has directed the PMC to intensify surveillance on the production, sale, and usage of banned single-use plastic, further underscoring the urgency of action.

To enforce the ban effectively, PMC imposes fines ranging from ₹5,000 for first-time offenders to ₹25,000 for repeated violations. Since January 2024, PMC has seized a total of 823 kg of illegal plastic, highlighting the municipality’s commitment to combating plastic pollution.

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