Cigarette makers have shifted from common plastic wrapping to environment-friendly biodegradable wrapping for cigarette packs, nicely forward of the single-use plastic ban, business physique Tobacco Institute of India stated on Friday.
Tobacco Institute of India (TII) additionally lauded the “proactive steps” taken by the federal government in direction of lowering the burden on the surroundings by banning sure single-use plastic gadgets.
TII represents cigarette makers akin to ITC, Godfrey Phillips India, VST Industries together with farmers, exporters and ancillaries of the cigarette section of the tobacco business in India.
The ban on single-use plastics, which was introduced final 12 months, has come into impact from Friday.
Updating concerning the business, TII in an announcement stated: “Its members who manufacture cigarettes have shifted from common plastic wrapping to biodegradable wrapping for cigarette pack overwrap, nicely prematurely.” The biodegradable materials getting used is compliant with the worldwide requirements and the not too long ago launched BIS requirements, it added.
“Biodegradation of the biodegradable plastic begins upon coming into contact with soil. This materials is extraordinarily useful, as it might biodegrade naturally in landfills as nicely. The biodegradable plastic won’t add any pressure to the strong waste assortment and recycling system,” stated TII.
It will additionally scale back prices related to the gathering of plastic waste, recycling of plastic waste in addition to industrial composting, the TII assertion added.