Retail packing exempted from plastic ban

In a decision that waters down the statewide plastic ban imposed on Saturday, the state government has exempted retail packaging from its ambit. On Wednesday, it also instructed that no penalty be imposed on garbage bin liners and takeaway containers used by restaurants for now, as the issue is under consideration, said a senior official present at the meeting. Bulk consumers such as malls, multiplexes and marriage halls will be asked to set up collection centres so that the plastic waste generated on their premises can be sent for recycling.