This move is likely to impact milk supply adversely in the state.
Dairies in Maharashtra will soon run out of milk pouches as plastic manufacturers in the state and Daman have decided to suspend the supply of plastic films, which are used to make milk pouches, to dairies from December 15. This move is likely to impact milk supply adversely in the state.
The Maharashtra Plastic Manufacturers' Association's decision to suspend the supply of plastic films came in view of the ongoing actions against the industry. The action has been taken against the industry, for not preparing an extended producers responsibility (EPR), by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB).
According to the rules, manufacturers or producers must submit the EPR plan, including the modalities of a waste collection system, to the urban development department for approval.
A top source within the Maharashtra Plastic Manufacturers' Association said, "A letter was sent to the dairy industry on November 21 communicating the decision. We discussed the ambiguity and obstacles in preparation of the EPR in a meeting. It was attended by the manufacturers producing plastic film supplied to oil and dairy industry. It was decided that we will be suspending supplies of such plastic films from December 15."