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Karnataka ban plastic containers

CCD, McDonald's and KFC have to change their packaging strategy overnight

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Apr 7 2016 11:37AM | Updated Date: Apr 7 2016 3:39PM

Karnataka ban plastic containers

 Karnataka has ban on serving and packing fresh food in plastic containers from April 1. 

 
With this ban it means popular eating out and coffee chains including Cafe Coffee Day, McDonald's and KFC have to change their packaging strategy overnight. 
 
Quick service restaurant (QSR) chains operating in Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka have a huge packaging problem to grapple with. 
 
Food service businesses will have to switch to bio-degradable packaging, which restaurateurs say would increase costs to the tune of 18-30%, and would have to factor in additional costs if the move goes pan-India.
 
Likewise KFC and McDonald's. A spokesperson for KFC said the firm is "supportive of this environment-friendly initiative to reduce plastic usage and is working with authorities to get complete clarity on the law, and find a cost-effective and sustainable solution". 
 
But the challenge, say restaurateurs, is lack of options. Rashmi Daga, founder of online food ordering startup Freshmenu said: "There are hardly any end-to-end options for biodegradable products."