Mumbai: The plastic industry has committed itself to all that it can do to minimize the impact of plastics on the environment. Putting strong emphasis on the need to enhance recycling capability and creating higher percentage of recycled products the industry is putting its heads together to find effective solutions.
This is visible at Plastivision India 2013, India’s largest B2B gathering of plastic industry and its other stake holders. The event has a special focus on this issue and has created a GREEN PAVILLION for people to understand how plastics can be environment friendly.Among the innovations on display include several options available in biodegradable plastics and its various usabilities. Several biodegradable masterbatches are being demonstrated as additives that can makeplastics biodegradable.
The five-day trade fair is also trying to send that important message that recycling plastics is extremely relevant in the Indian context. Mr. Raju Desai, Chairman Plastivision-2013, mentioned that, “India needs to catch up upon its percentage of recycled plastics in its total consumption. Though we have substantial recycling capacity, the hurdle is absence of sufficient infrastructure to collect plastic waste. For this, a better civic discipline is the first step that needs to be initiated. The government, the civic bodies and the plastic industry needs to work closely on this. People should stop littering plastic waste. Once this is achieved, every other solution will fall in its place almost automatically.”
Desai continued, “The industry is more than committed to see this succeed. We are willing to walk more than half the distance and join hands with anyone who shows any initiative. What will also work as a catalyst would be incentive schemes and favorable policies to encourage plastic recycling.”