- The request by GCMMF came after citing paucity of paper straws
- The govt’s ban on single-use plastics, will be effective from July 1, 2022
- Beverage company Parle Agro, too had urged the govt to extend the deadline
New Delhi: Leading dairy firm Amul has urged the environment ministry to postpone the ban imposed on plastic straw by one year due to lack of adequate availability of paper straws in the domestic as well as international markets. The government’s ban on single-use plastics, including plastic straw, is going to be effective from July 1, 2022.
In a statement given to the news agency PTI, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) MD, R S Sodhi said,
We have written a letter to Environment Secretary on the proposed ban on single use plastic straw.
Further, he added that GCMMF markets its milk and other dairy products under Amul brand.
The plastic straw in our butter milk and lassi is attached to tetra pack. It is part of primary packaging. So, we have urged the Environment Ministry to include it as part of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and recycling.
Amul needs 10-12 lakh plastic straws daily. Besides all, Sodhi said, the company has urged the ministry to provide local industry one year to set up dedicated facilities for producing paper straws.
Paper straws are not available in domestic market. We don’t have capacity. We are not getting paper straws in international market.
Earlier, beverage company Parle Agro, which owns popular brands such as Frooti and Appy, too had urged the government to extend the deadline to implement the ban on plastic straws by six months.
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