India’s second-populous state Maharashtra on June 23 introduced a ban on all plastic products. Though the plastic industry is slamming the government and calling it a ‘retrograde step,’ citizens are actually welcoming the change. The ban is not only on use but manufacturing, transporting, and distributing too. Citing environmental risks and harm to wild animals, the ban was enforced with immediate effect. The violators will be fined Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 for 1st and 2nd offense respectively. However, following that they will have to pay Rs 25,000 and can face jail time too.
The ban is also extended to disposable items like spoon, fork, and containers. Naturally, that created an issue for the restaurants during takeaway and delivery.
However, a restaurant in Pune found a way around that problem by introducing a new form of delivery containers. They started delivering food in steel lunch boxes.
They have asked the customers to return the boxes after the food is delivered. For those ordering takeaways are asked to deposit Rs 200 which is refundable after returning the box.
The owner of the hotel also said during the interview that they welcome government’s decision. However, displayed his dissatisfaction over the little time they got before the ban was imposed. The government issued a notification 3 months before implementing the ban. Here’s what he said:
‘We welcome govt’s decision as it’s in favor of the environment but they should have provided us some more time to arrange an alternative. Apps like Zomato & Swiggy have stopped working due to lack of delivery options. Customers are also facing inconvenience.’
News agency ANI tweeted this news following which the netizens started commenting. Here’s the post:
A restaurant in Pune has started delivering food in steel lunch boxes after plastic ban in Maharashtra, customers are asked to return boxes after delivery. Those who order ‘take away’ food at the restaurant are asked to deposit Rs 200 which will be reimbursed on returning the box pic.twitter.com/iufjyxwKqJ
— ANI (@ANI) June 25, 2018
Soon people were praising the step taken by this eatery. When a user raised the question about who will wash the steel lunch boxes then others commented saying that the customers should do it. They also pointed out that cleaning the utensil before returning is a part of Indian culture. Read the conversation:
are the steel lunch boxes to be cleaned by customers or the hotel will do it ….
— GreenMonkey (@yellowduck45) June 25, 2018
If customer is well mannered he/she will clean it. That is our culture.
— Vishal (@vishalkmumbai) June 25, 2018
Also, here are some of the tweets which clearly show that the social media users cannot stop showering the restaurant with praises:
Fantastic. I would take it in a heart beat 👍. #banplastic
— FNU (@AAUVK9) June 25, 2018
Awesome. I always find maharashtrian specially Pune ppl that they tend to adapt everything quickly and with open hearts, like they are waiting for it from a long time. Good job, hope this policy also applied across the nation.
— Wasi Akbar (@575a2890e746413) June 25, 2018
That an amazing steps followed by the restaurant, we have to support them 👍😊
— Aseem Shekhar (@aseemshekhar17) June 25, 2018
weird solutions of a weird problem
— PUSHKAR TRIPATHI (@trptripathi) June 26, 2018
Excellent idea to save the earth and it’s ppl
— MAX (@suren1964) June 26, 2018
Well done. Expect more restaurants to come to a solution like these.. let’s live and let live
— sathya (@sathyakrishh) June 26, 2018
There is no right time to commence good work. This step was long awaited. Am sure other states will too follow.
— SanjayN42 (@SanjayN42) June 26, 2018
Good initiative …
— Aditya Bais (@aditya7754) June 26, 2018
I am glad this happened & we’ve returned to reusing our old metal boxes too early.
We must now try to manufacture such boxes keeping purity of metal in mind.
— योगेश Bailwal (@YogeshBailwal) June 25, 2018
Sometimes, knee jerk actions are required. People tend to ignore suggestions & advises, but when you are made to follow, a bit of reactions do come out but ultimately it serves the purpose. very good move. 👏👏
— Abhisekh Saha (@ursabhisekh) June 25, 2018
What are your thoughts on this?