After the BBMP’s lull in cracking down on plastic manufacturing, the market seems to be seeing a sudden uptick in its single-use trash.
- Plastic ban: Earlier this year, the Karnataka Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) banned single-use plastics that are less than 100 microns. The ban will come into effect from 1 June and will include manufacturing, distribution, sale and general use of the items.
Story so far: The BBMP was quick to respond to the notice with raids on manufacturing units and surprise inspections of shops to monitor their use of plastics. But the local body soon got preoccupied with Covid and potholes. Now, reports of single-use plastics getting distributed in the market are back and the deadline is only a few days away.
Stating specifics: As of now, the BBMP has registered just over 600 cases that dealt with single-use plastics this year. This means that ₹11,52,655 has been paid in fines for the same, and there are plenty more that need to be worked out.