The Bombay High Court on Tuesday asked liquor manufacturers in the state to come up with a solution to avoid recycling plastic bottles used to pack liquor, or face a ban on plastic bottles.
The state government, with a notification, has banned the use of plastic bottles from April 1 to pack liquor, as it is a health hazard. There are environmental issues also, as the bottles are not recycled, and liquor manufactured in other states can be easily smuggled in the state.
“With the use of glass bottles, liquor manufactured in other states won’t be sold in the state, as every glass bottle will have the manufacturing area embossed on it. This will stop smuggling and increase the state’s revenue,” said government pleader Hiten Vinegaonkar.
The state pleader also pointed out the health and environmental issues of using plastic bottles.
The liquor manufacturers, who were represented through the distillers’ association, told the bench of Justices D H Waghela and M S Sonak, that since 24 years they have been packing liquor in plastic bottles, and they have a mechanism in place for this.
The bench observed, that the liquor manufacturers must come up with an alternative to recycle plastic bottles by March 17 as the environmental issue was serious, or they will face a ban on plastic bottles.