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By Our Staff Reporter
Mr. Ashwath, who was accompanied by the members of the Sub-committee on Safe Management of Plastic in Bangalore, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central), Gopal Hosur, and the officials of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board raided several wholesale shops selling plastic items and polythene carry bags on Avenue Road. After measuring the thickness of the bags with a thickness gauge meter, the team members found that several shops were selling carry bags with thickness of less than 20 microns.
Such bags were seized and the shops closed. Cases were registered against the shopkeepers. It was found that they had also violated the Standards of Weights and Measurements Packaging Commodity Rule 1977 by not mentioning the net weight on packets of carry bags, their prices, and the address of the agency from where they were purchased. Cases were registered for this violation also.
With this, the board, the Bangalore Urban district administration, and the Department of Legal Metrology have launched a drive against recycled plastics.
The Union Government has notified that the minimum thickness of carry bags and containers made of virgin plastic should not be less than 20 microns in thickness.
Last year, the board asked shopkeepers and bakeries not to use bags that did not adhere to the standard. These bags cause uncontrollable environmental and health hazards.
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