The Puducherry government today decided to ban plastic packaging manufacture and use of plastic packaging materials of less than 51 microns as these were found to be injurious to health during monsoon in the Union Territory.
Welfare and Environment Minister M Kandasamy told reporters that the ban would come into force in the next six months. He said manufacturers and shop owners should be given time in keeping with the directives of the Centre in this regard.
The government also advised hotel and restaurant owners to abstain from packing ‘ready to eat’ food items in ‘butter paper’ or such plastic transparent sheets. The government also directed shop owners not to use newspapers for supplying such food items.
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