Use of plastic can be penalized, time given for disposal, HC told

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government on Thursday told the Bombay high court that citizens using banned plastic items can be penalized since the March 23 notification barring use of plastic came into effect immediately. Citizens have been given three months’ time to only dispose of the banned items by handing them over to the corporation or recycling or selling it to an authorised recycler.

It also informed the court that the government has modified its notification on Wednesday to revoke the ban on PET bottles of less than 500ml capacity and given manufacturers three months’ time to dispose of the banned bottles.