The government of the hill state of Himachal Pradesh, in India, has decided to do away with plastic liquor bottles beginning April 1, and promote glass.
Last year the government imposed a partial ban on PET liquor bottles, according to Bhim Sen, principal secretary for excise and taxation. The aim is to reduce the use of plastics in day-to-day life, Sen said.
Plastic and PET bottles have been completely banned. Till last year it was 50 percent each for plastic and glass bottles, Sen said by telephone from the state capital of Shimla.
Besides environmental issues, the move would also curb smuggling of liquor in PET bottles, which is much easier compared to smuggling it in glass bottles.
Earlier, the state government also banned single-use polyethylene carry bags.
The government's Himachal Information Department has undertaken an effort to clean the hills of litter, buying plastic waste from rag pickers for a nominal amount, for eventual recycling. The state also has given fiscal incentives to municipalities to collect and recycle plastic.
Out of 2.6 million to 3.3 million pounds of solid waste collected during the campaign's first phase, about 121,250 pounds contained plastic waste that was then used in road repair.
The state government also has decided to ban the use of plastic plates and cups, effective Aug. 15, 2011.