No more plastic: Hotels asked to serve water in glass bottles
New Delhi: In a bid to reduce plastic waste, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has directed hotels to serve water in paper sealed glass bottles. The food safety department has directed the authorities to make the rule mandatory in all states.
At present, all restaurants including five star hotels have been serving water in plastic bottles 200 ml, 500 ml and one litre. It is examined that this practice has resulted in serious health issues for the customers and lakhs of plastic bottles are being dumped per day.
With the new rule, hotels must have licensed drinking water bottling plant. Water should be collected for bottles from this plant. The packaged water bottle must contain label which include complete address of the hotel.
The order issued by FSSAI directed to strictly follow the rule on purity of bottled water in Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 and BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) specification IS 10500:2012 for drinking water.
At the same time, with an aim to reduce plastic use, FSSAI started to use jute bags for packing food products. Hence the use of plastics in food industry will be put under control within a year.
95 lakh-ton plastic waste in India
According to reports, 95 lakh-ton plastic waste is being dumped every year in India. In this waste, it is not possible to recycle 38 lakh ton plastic. As per the report of the central government, 6 lakh ton plastic is being dumped to the oceans every year.
If plastic consumption continues like this, plastic waste in India will be double than the present number.