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Notification dated March 23, 2018 by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board-

"The ban in the whole State of Maharashtra for manufacture, usage, transport, distribution, wholesale & retail sale and storage, import of the plastic bags with handle and without handle, and the disposable products manufactured from plastic & thermocol (polystyrene) such as single use disposable dish, cups, plates, glasses, fork, bowl, container, disposable dish/ bowl used for packaging food in hotels, spoon, straw, non-woven polypropylene bags, cups/ pouches to
store liquid, packaging with plastic to wrap or store the products, packaging of food items and food grain material etc."

This was introduced after it was found that despite the ban on plastic bags of less than 50 micron through Maharashtra Plastic Carry Bags (Manufacture and Usage) Rules, 2006, there is increase in the non-biodegradable plastic garbage waste causing damage to environment and health.

Plastic Bags as we all know are major cause of waterlogging in rainy season due to blockage of drains. From our past experience we can say that this has resulted in loss of loved ones and livelihood to many in and around Mumbai and its suburbs.  Also it causes a lot of harm to the environment with ground water levels depleting day by day.
For the past four years, Urjaa Foundation has been able to create awareness about plastic pollution and its harmful effects through presentations in schools, colleges, instituitions and societies. For the past 32 months under My Plastic Waste is My Responsibility Campaign Urjaa Foundation has conducted 25 Plastic collection drives with support of Keshav Sita Memorial Foundation Trust, Kalyan Dombivli Muncipal Corporation, various Sansthas, Citizens. This has helped us in saving nearly 60 tons of plastic waste from going to landfill- this waste was recycled into polyfuel in an ecofriendly way at Rudra Environmental Solutions plant at Jejuri.
We alongwith the support of the citizens from Thane, Dombivli, Kalyan and nearby suburbs are trying to make our cities plastic free by switching to cloth bags.
Citizens are doing their bit to save the environment by avoiding the use of plastic bags but we look towards the Government's support by strictly enforcing the ban on vendors who still use plastic bags of less than 50 microns.
Urjaa Foundation requests all citizens to start using small & big cloth bags for buying vegetables or other items from vendors rather than asking them for plastic bags.
Urjaa would like to see the ban being implemented at all levels.
If you want to save the environment from use of Plastic Bags, then be a part of this signature campaign which will act as your voice towards stricter implementation of the above law.