Amul urges environment ministry to postpone ban on plastic straw by one year; cites paucity of paper straws

Leading dairy company Amul has urged the Ministry of Environment to postpone the ban on plastic straws for one year due to the lack of availability of paper straws in the domestic and international markets.

The government’s ban on single-use plastics, including plastic straws, will be effective from July 1, 2022.
“We have written a letter to the Environment Minister regarding the proposed ban on single-use plastic straws,” MD RS Sodhi told PTI.

GCMMF markets milk and other dairy products under the Amul brand.

“The plastic straws in buttermilk and lassi are attached to a tetra can. It’s part of the basic packaging.
“So we have urged the Ministry of Environment to include it as part of the Extended Product Responsibility (EPR) and recycling,” Sodi said.

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Amul needs 10-12 lakh of plastic straws per day.

Besides, Sudi said, the company urged the ministry to provide the local industry for one year to set up facilities dedicated to the production of paper straw.

“Paper straws are not available in the local market. We do not have the capacity. We do not get paper straws in the international market,” he said.

Earlier, beverage company Parle Agro, which owns popular brands such as Frooti and Appy, also urged the government to extend the deadline for implementing the ban on plastic straws by six months.

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