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BBMP directs wedding halls, banquets to stop using plastic

Bengaluru: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) issued notice and set of guidelines of adhering to the plastic ban to wedding and banquet halls in the city.

In its order, the civic body has issued guidelines on adhering to the plastic ban, apart from providing certain on-site facilities to those who are renting out the space.

The order also said that the wet and dry waste segregation is mandatory and that the waste shall not be mixed, stored or disposed in plastic bags. The owners of the hall are not permitted to use any of the items covered under the plastic ban, including plastic carry bags, polypropylene bags, plastic plates, plastic cups, plastic spoons, plastic straws, cling wrap, and plastic sheets for spreading on the tables.

On-site facilities such as plate banks, RO water dispensers, dishwashing facilities, and adequate bins that are appropriately colour coded for collection of dry waste, wet waste, and sanitary waste must be provided.

Safety of waste workers

The order also makes a special mention of safety of waste workers. It states that all waste workers should be provided with aprons, gloves, footwear, and any other protective equipment for collecting, storing, and processing the waste.

The owners and management of these halls have been directed to include these in the terms and conditions at the time of renting out the space, besides ensuring that these guidelines are adhered to by both the customers and caterers. In case of non-compliance, the management will be held responsible, the order states.

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