Maharashtra Govt. asks dairies for milk pouches buyback plan

DAYS AFTER DAIRIES threatened to stop the sale of milk in plastic pouches, the Maharashtra government on 11th December, 2018 asked them to submit the buyback mechanism plan for the used pouches in the next two months. The direction was given during a meeting that the government held with the representatives of dairies.

An official from the state Environment department said that the meeting was called in the wake of dairies threatening to stop the sale of milk in plastic pouches saying the plastic manufacturers had decided to go on indefinite strike from 15th December, 2018 onward.

Environment Minister Mr. Ramdas Kadam, who chaired the meeting, said there is no ban on the use of plastic pouches for milk. It has been discussed in the meeting and the dairies have been asked to submit the buyback mechanism plan of milk pouches in next two months and everyone agreed to it.

Dairy Development Minister Mr. Mahadev Jankar, Minister of State for Environment Mr. Pravin Pote, Minister of State for Dairy Development Mr. Arjun Khotkar, Congress leader and Opposition Leader in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and NCP leader Mr. Ajit Pawar also attended the meeting. As per the notification issued by the environment department, dairies should use plastic bags having not less than 50 micron thickness for milk packaging. Besides, it should also print a buyback price not less than 50 paise to develop the buyback mechanism for recycling.