Plastic ban confirmed from Jan 1, HC gives nod to govt order , The Madras High Court has upheld a government order (GO) dated June 25 this year banning manufacture, sale and use of plastic products throughout the State from January 1.
The vacation bench of Justices S Vaidyanathan and P T Asha, which dismissed on Thursday the PIL petition from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Plastic Manufacturers Association, also suggested to the government to consider complete ban on use of plastic in any form.
Additional Advocate General Aravind Pandian, who was present in court said that National Green Tribunal (NGT) also called for a plastic ban.
The Tamil Nadu Plastic Manufacturers’ Association (TAPMA) had called the plastic ban ‘discriminatory’, alleging that while use of plastics in many government sectors and large-scale private sectors continues, the same is banned for the public and small-scale private sectors.
“The government order bans all forms of plastics packaging including by small retail outlets, grocery shops, whereas the same is permitted for MNCs and FMCG companies. This will hit the businesses of over 200,000 small vendors, hawkers, shops, hotels, restaurants, sweet shops, etc,” TAPMA had said.
Justice Vaidyanathan said the ban should have been implemented in toto. Fearing that the exemptions may not help in achieving the objective of saving the environment, the judge wanted the government to reconsider those exemptions and ban all plastic products.
He questioned the logic behind banning plastic carry bags alone, while allowing milk and food items to be sold in plastic packs.
“The government shall in the long run consider phasing out plastic of any kind in the market, including the plastic that have been referred to in the exempted provisions of the government order,” the bench said in its order.v