Tamil Nadu Government is going to implement a plastic ban across the state in early next year. Announced by Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami on World Environment Day. As per the move, the ban will be on all non-biodegradable and single-use plastics of all sizes (microns) instead has recommended the use of natural environmental-friendly products like banana leaves and lotus leaves.
With this ban food industry is going to be impacted mainly as the new rule will ban the use of plastic papers, covers, plates, cups and straws. Now the question is how do the food delivery services plan to adopt these rules?
TNM posed a set of questions to Swiggy, Zomato and Uber Eats to know about their plans. They were asked about what kind of alternatives to plastic they will use, how are they planning to engage with restaurants on their platform. And above all how this going to impact on their cost.
Swiggy has launched Swiggy Packaging Assist, in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Pune, to enable its restaurant partners to be aware of eco-friendly options.
In an answer form swiggy, it said, “This marketplace will be launched in Chennai this month and will provide our restaurant partners in the city access to eco-friendly and innovative packaging materials made of materials such as paper, cornstarch and bagasse. We not only want to enable our restaurant partners to be compliant with the plastic ban in the state but also want to look at addressing the issue at the root of it,” Swiggy said.
Zomato welcomed the plastic ban by the Tamil Nadu government, Zomato said, “ the company has always been in favour of the move, as the long-term public good far outweighs the short-term hassles.” Zomato also added, “The decision is for the greater good of everyone in the longer run. In fact, we will soon be launching our eco-friendly packing range. The alternatives to plastic need to be robust, leak-proof and reusable, and an aggregated demand through Zomato will help manufacturers reduce the cost of these items to a comparable range with plastic packaging materials.”