Trichy: Members of Trichy and Pudukottai districts plastic manufacturers and traders association (TRIPPMA), on Thursday, said that by projecting plastics as evil, the state government has been trying to hide its failure in educating people on its safe disposal.
Micro and small-scale industries are worst affected by the ban on polypropylene and low-density plastic bags, they said.
While these plastic products can be recycled, the ban should ideally be imposed on multilayer film plastics used by corporate companies for packaging their products, which are non-recyclable and non-biodegradable.
Stating that an average of 400 tonnes of plastic is recycled by TRIPPMA members president of TRIPPMA, T Muthumanickam said that the government should have promoted recycling of plastics and added that the ban has now affected nearly 11 lakh people directly.
TRIPPMA has also asked the state government to write off bank loans as the ban has adversely affected their business. Total 230 shops in Trichy and Pudukottai remained closed from Tuesday as a protest against the ban. Besides, they have also called for a meeting with traders on Friday to decide on next course of action.
Rejecting the narrative that plastic usage causes cancer, Muthumanickam said that even blood is preserved in plastic pouches and it is used extensively to pack medicines. There doesn’t seem to be any scientific evidence to substantiate such claims, he said. Plastics are preventing percolation of rain water is another strong contention put forth by the state government, he said. However, ideally the blame should be on indiscriminate throwing of plastic bags in the open. Percolation is affected mainly because water bodies are not desilted for years together, he said.
“There would not have been any need for such a ban if solid waste management Act 2014 was effectively implemented by the state government,” said former president of TRIPPMA, Renganathan. Around 230 plastic producers from Trichy and Pudukottai have obtained over Rs 20 crore as loan from banks, he said.