A vacation bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday upheld a GO dated June 25 this year of the Tamil Nadu government banning manufacture, sale and use of plastic products throughout the State from Jan 1.
The bench of Justices S Vaidyanathan and P T Asha, which dismissed a public litigation petition filed by the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Plastic Manufacturers Association, also suggested to the government to consider complete ban on use of plastic in any form.
Following an announcement made by Chief Minister K Palaniswami on the floor of the Assembly on June 5 last, the State Environment Ministry on June 25 brought out the GO which banned manufacture, sale and use of plastic products with certain specifications from January 1, which was challenged now by the association. The GO bans use and throw plastics used in carry bags, plastic coated paper cups etc.
It however exempts use of non-reusable plastic used in milk satchets, and other dairy products, medicines and oil, in carry bags made for exports and packages sealed before manafucture . It also exempts carry bags made of compostable plastic.
The use and throwaway plastics covers not only carry bags and plastic flags, but also plastic sheets used for wrapping food, as dining table spread, plastic plates, plastic coated tea cups and plastic tumblers, water pouches and packets and plastic straws regardless of their thickness.