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Supreme Court hopes Centre will take measures to stop the use of PVC Flex Banners and Hoardings for Elections

SUPREME COURT HOPES CENTRE WILL TAKE MEASURES TO STOP THE USE OF PVC FLEX BANNERS AND HOARDINGS FOR ELECTIONS.

In connection with the issue of the use of PVC and chlorinated plastics for banners/hoardings used during elections, the Supreme Court has expressed “hope and trust” that the Union of India will proceed to pass suitable orders and directions after finalizing the objections to the draft notification on the subject.

The Centre has also told the Supreme Court that a draft notification has been issued inviting objections from all the stakeholders for banning different categories of plastic, including PVC, that have a thickness of less than 100 microns.

The submission was made by Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati before a bench comprising Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice Aniruddha Bose.

“We hope and trust that the Union of India will proceed to pass suitable orders and directions after finalising the objections to the draft notification,” the bench said.

The top court was hearing an appeal against an order issued by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) against the use of PVC and chlorinated plastic for banners or hoardings used during elections.

The NGT had directed for appropriate steps to comply with the directions issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) on January 17, 2019 to the chief secretaries and chief electoral officers of all the states and Union territories.

The petitioner, W Edwin Wilson, contended that it is necessary for the MoEF to issue certain directions under section 5 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986 to ban the use of PVC and chlorinated plastic for advertisements during elections.

The petitioner also said the Election Commission (EC) should take pro-active steps in including this in the Model Code of Conduct and give suitable directions to all concerned.

Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for the EC, stated that it is for the Centre to make necessary amendments to the Act and there is nothing for the poll panel to address at this stage.

The NGT had directed the EC and the chief electoral officers of the states to monitor the compliance of the advisories against the use of plastic, especially banners and hoardings, during elections.

The NGT order came after it was informed that the MoEF has asked the chief secretaries and chief electoral officers of the states to use alternative options during poll campaigns.

The ministry said it has written letters to them asking to use compostable plastic, natural fabrics, recycled paper and other eco-friendly material.

“In view of the fact that the MoEF as well as the Election Commission have taken the view that use of plastic during elections, particularly banners or hoardings, needs to be avoided, it will be appropriate that the compliance of advisories or directions mentioned above is appropriately monitored by the Election Commission of India, the chief electoral officers of all the states and Union territories and the Central Pollution Control Board,” the tribunal said.

The green panel had passed the directions on a petition seeking a direction to the MoEF and the states to prohibit the use of short-life polyvinyl chloride (PVC), synthetic plastic polymer and chlorinated plastic, which includes banners and hoardings for promotion and advertising during poll campaigns.

The petition, moved through advocates Sanjay Upadhyay and Salik Shafique, had claimed that campaigning material made of plastic is used during elections and later, discarded as waste, which is detrimental to the environment.

Source: Deccan Herald & Live law

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HIGH COURT ORDER CAN WIPE OUT FLEX BANNERS

Flex Banners banned

HIGH COURT ORDER CAN WIPE OUT FLEX BANNERS

The Banglore High Court issued a ban on flex banners and other plastics, which includes manufacturing, supplying and selling of such banners, hoardings, and other flex merchandise. Looking back, In 2016, the high court had hinted ban on manufacturing & selling of plastic bags and other products.

Subsequently, the BBMP had issued an official notice specifying penalties for the same. The implementation of the ban was largely restricted to plastic carry bags in retail shops. BBMP Commissioner confirmed that all flex printing units in the city will have to shut shop, and it was already working on doing this.

In December 2017, the BBMP had ordered a flex manufacturer in Nagasandra, to shut down its flex printing service “as it causes animal and public health concerns and damages the beauty of Bengaluru city”

In 2018, BBMP Chief N Manjunatha Prasad annunciated “We have issued notices to flex manufacturers in the city. We have also shut down many units. The flex material used display advertisements is hazardous to the environment and, so, we have decided to shut all flex and hoardings manufacturing units in the city”

Meanwhile, Mayor R Sampath Raj said,

“We have been conducting drives every day. Today [Tuesday], too conducted drives at MG Road, Brigade Road, Fraser Town and other areas. This menace will come down in the city,”

What Does It Mean for Flex Businesses?

While on the one hand, there are pompous birthday wishes and festival greetings from leaders and aspiring leaders. On the other, there are regular people who make a livelihood out of flex printing. It is the latter that the ban will mostly hit. BBMP says that the main reason to ask for the closure of flex manufacturing is the problem that plastic creates.

In 2018, High court issued a notice “No person including shopkeeper, vendor, wholesaler, retailer, trader, hawker or salesmen shall use plastic carry bags, plastic banners, plastic buntings, flex, plastic flags, plastic plates, plastic cups, plastic spoons, cling films and plastic sheets used for spreading on dining table, irrespective of thickness including the above items made of thermocol and plastic which use plastic microbeads.”

Furthermore, “No industry or person shall manufacture, supply, store, transport, sale and/or distribute plastic carry bags, plastic banners, plastic buntings, flex, plastic flags, plastic plates, plastic cups, plastic spoons, cling films and plastic sheets used for spreading on dining table irrespective of thickness including the above items made of thermocol and plastic which use plastic microbeads in the state.”

To limit damage & loss many flex printing and manufacturing businesses are now opting for an alternative Fabric material to replace pollution-causing PVC flex. This digital printing compatible fabric consists of Polyester which is compatible with all type of digital printing mechanisms like Solvent, Eco-solvent, UV, and Latex.

Polyester fabric for Digital printing is eco-friendly, recyclable, durable, anti-tear and does not add up to hazardous pollution. Another viable eco-friendly option for flex is Poly-cotton fabric.

This fabric is being recommended by the government and also by digital printing businesses who have already started using it as a substitute to Flex. Therefore, It is due time for the flex businesses to switch to reasonable eco-friendly materials to curb the menace of plastic pollution.

Source: Bangalore Mirror

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INDIAN GOVERNMENT AIM TO REPLACE PVC-FLEX WITH FABRIC ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2019

PVC flex to be replaced with Fabric material in 2019

INDIAN GOVERNMENT AIM TO REPLACE PVC-FLEX WITH FABRIC ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2019

A coterie of creative and eco-friendly entrepreneurs are trying to craft nifty alternatives to what has traditionally been made with plastic—be it packets and pet bottles or spoons and straws—to help set the pace for a plastic-free lifestyle and a more sustainable future. Some are trying to bring about a shift in the signage industry with the manufacture of PVC-free flexes and banners.

According to a study conducted by ICRA  last year, 90% of all advertising in the country is on PVC and around 18,000 tons of PVC flex banners are consumed every month

With cities swathed in different hues of attention seeking declarations: be it for a shiny new cell phone, a swank housing complex or boisterous birthday and festival greetings from political leaders staring down at you by the roadside and from buildings.

How Flex banners and hoardings are causing pollutions?

Polyvinyl chloride, commonly abbreviated PVC, is the world’s third-most widely produced synthetic plastic polymer used majorly in the manufacture of flex hoardings and banners.

Given their non-bio-degradable nature, they have to be burnt in order to be disposed of or thrown at landfills. Under 1% of PVC is recycled. While the burning of flex releases toxic gases heavier than air, which forms a thick blanket, reducing the supply of oxygen in the vicinity and known to cause cancer, flex ash renders soil, water, and air acidic.

What does Flex ban mean for the Signage Industry?

Now, with several states in India seeking a ban on PVC flex for display advertising, Sun Fabric is among a few textile manufacturers offering a greener substitute for PVC—recyclable polyester fabric—that works on a diverse ink range, does not make for hazardous pollution, can be recycled and promotes responsible advertising.

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