Fake biodegradable carry bags
Fake biodegradable carry bags are flooding the city markets following the ban imposed by the state government on single-use plastic in the state. According to officials of the city corporation, there is no mechanism in place to identify fake and original biodegradable carry bags.The state government issued an order banning the manufacture, storage and sale of single-use plastic across Kerala from January 1 and stipulated a fine of up to Rs 50,000 for violating the ban.
On January 27, the state government issued yet another order clarifying the products banned which include branded and non-branded biodegradable carry bags. According to officials, the new order has come as a boon.We cannot identify fake products from the original. Now, the government has issued an order specifically banning them. We will be launching an implementation drive soon. Many business establishments are using biodegradable bags produced by unauthorised manufacturers,said health inspector Anoop Roy, Thiruvananthapuram corporation. An official of the State Pollution Control Board said they are issuing authorisation for applicants manufacturing biodegradable bags. We give authorisation on the condition that the product is not sold in Kerala. They can export or sell it in other states,said the official.