Maharashtra Pollution Control Board shuts down 19 plastic bag manufacturing units

With Maharashtra’s ban on various plastic products coming into effect from this weekend, the state environment agency has started punitive action against manufacturers of plastic bags.

The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) said it has forced 19 large-scale plastic bag manufacturing units to shut in the past two weeks.

The units were located in Pune and in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) – Kalyan, Ambernath, Thane and Dombivli. The units have been fined Rs5,000 each as a preliminary offence for continuing to manufacture plastic bags.