Plastic cutlery total ban – Bengaluru

Plastic cutlery total ban – Bengaluru

Plastic cutlery ban is coming up in Bengaluru.   BBMP has given  time till March 31st 2019 to food delivery apps to stop sending plastic spoons and forks. BBMP wants the customers to  customers to use their own steel-ware.

The use of plastic carry bags, banners, bunting, flex, plastic flags, plastic plates, plastic cups, plastic spoons, cling films and plastic sheets used for spreading on dining table and items that are made of thermocol causes serious environmental hazards.  It also affects health of human being and animals.

Food App co’s – plastic cutlery ban :

Kitchens such as Bowl Company which is attached to Swiggy, send plastic cutlery with their food order.

Many of food delivery companies have their own kitchens.  When food is ordered along with food, they send the plastic spoons and forks.  They have till this month end to stop this.

BBMP (Bruhat Benglauru Mahanagara palike) :

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), is the administrative body responsible for civic amenities and some infrastructural assets of the greater Bangalore metropolitan area. It is the fourth largest Municipal Corporation in India. 

Its roles and responsibilities include the “orderly development of the city” — zoning and building regulations, health, hygiene,  licensing, trade and education, as well as quality of life issues such as public open space, water bodies, parks and greenery.

The BBMP represents the third level of government  (the Central Government and
State Government being the first two levels).  BBMP is run by a city council composed of elected representatives called “corporators”, one from each of the wards (localities) of the city.

Plastic cutlery items banned in BBMP events :

The BBMP has issued an order to ban all single use plastic items and disposable cups, bottles, plates and other single use plastic disposables in all its offices and in all programs.  The BBMP order was implemented with immediate effect.  This ban includes the BBMP head office.

BBMP – Plastic items banned :

The ban holds good even for BBMP council meetings and programs.  The plastic items and materials used for serving food and water, including the single use packaged drinking water bottles are banned.

The BBMP is responsible for solid waste management in Benglauru.  The civic body is trying to enforce the plastic items ban in the city.  In recent months, the BBMP had sent advisories to bulk generators of plastic items including wedding and banquet halls.  But the BBMP was using plastic bottles and disposables in its offices and programs.

Ban of use of plastic in parks :

Beware of discarding plastics. They are banned inside the famous Lalbagh Botanical Garden.  Plastic items will not be allowed inside the Garden following a drive launched by the Horticulture Department in association with the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board.

The range of fine varies between Rs.50 and Rs.500.  Plastic items would be seized at the entrance and the visitors would be handed over a jute bag for Rs.5.  Fines will be imposed on those who manage to sneak them inside and pollute the environs.

Is plastic food packaging dangerous?

Are chemicals from plastic food containers and wrapping safe, or are they slowly poisoning us?  The risk is low, there’s growing evidence that food can be contaminated by harmful chemicals from some types of plastic. Many foods are packaged in these risky plastics – including fresh meat, gourmet cheese, and even some health foods and organic vegetables.

Most food and drink is packaged in containers made from plastics that seem to be harmless. Soft drinks and bottled water are usually in PET bottles, for example, while yoghurt and margarine containers are usually made from polypropylene.

There’s clearly no real need for food manufacturers to use packaging or wrapping made from potentially harmful plastics like polycarbonate or PVC, but there are still far too many products in the supermarkets where the food is in contact with them.

What are the hazards of using plastic cutlery?

Chemicals in plastic which give them their rigidity or flexibility (flame retardants, bisphenols, phthalates and other harmful chemicals) are oily poisons that repel water and stick to petroleum-based objects like plastic debris. So, the toxic chemicals that leach out of plastics can accumulate on other plastics.

Plastic food storage containers or cutlery are filled with more than just food, they’re chock full of harmful chemicals. Plastics are made out of refined crude oil and contain chemicals such as BPA (Bisphenol-A) that function mainly as plasticisers, making plastic more durable and flexible.

Why is plastic bad for human health?

Chlorinated plastic can release harmful chemicals into the surrounding soil, which can then seep into groundwater or other surrounding water sources and also the ecosystem of the world.

This can cause serious harm to the species that drink the water. Landfill areas contain many different types of plastics.

If humans are exposed to these toxic chemicals for long periods of time, then this can result in dangerous health problems, which include hormonal issues, reproductive issues, and damage to our nervous systems and kidneys.

Food delivery companies – Ban of plastic cutlery :

The BBMP has been raiding shops, hotels and malls using plastic packaging material. Zomato, Swiggy and Freshmenu, apps often used by Bengalureans to have food delivered to their doorsteps, always send plastic cutlery.

Some of the food delivery apps. Encourages customers to return the cutlery.  Food delivery app, chefkraft is encouraging the customers to return plastic bowls but is finding it not very successful.

Another food delivery app. Purple Basil is been adopting the eco-friendly route since inception.  This Co. finalizes a menu only if it suits is packaging.

As for as the bigger delivery app, Zomato says it is adopting biodegradable packaging. The alternatives to plastic need to be robust, leak-proof and reusable.

According to Zomato they are also supplying packaging made from bamboo and sugarcane bagasse, and corrugated paper with coatings.

Tasting alternatives to implement plastic cutlery ban :

Swiggy: Has set up Swiggy Packaging Assist to introduce restaurants to a variety of packaging material.

Zomato: Working with manufacturers to reduce the cost of non-plastic packaging material.

Purple Basil: Zero use of plastic in packaging and cutlery.

Chefkraft: Encourages customers to return plastic bowls and cutlery.

BBMP raids :

BBMP raided top restaurants and bars earlier this week for using plastic and not segregating waste. It shut down four establishments, and seized 1,074 kg of plastic.

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