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Online food apps deliver waste problem for hotels, Kochi corporation

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jan 10, 2019, 1:13 am IST
Updated Jan 10, 2019, 1:13 am IST
The Mayor was planning to convene a meeting with the representatives of online food delivery apps this week.
Kochi Corporation
 Kochi Corporation

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The City Corporation’s move to enforce green protocol and make the online food delivery disposable free has not gone down well with the Kerala Hotels and Restaurants Association. The association lashed out at the Corporation for mooting such impractical rules without coming up with alternatives.

Mayor V.K. Prasanth had recently urged the online food delivery companies to enforce green protocol and avoid disposables for packing food items. The Mayor was planning to convene a meeting with the representatives of online food delivery apps this week.

 

G. Sudheish Kumar, patron of Kerala Hotel and Restaurant Association said it was highly impractical to go disposable free. He said the cost of parcel will go up if the hoteliers go for recyclable packaging.

“Since the arrival of these popular online food ordering apps, the count of takeaways went up drastically. We cannot use high quality BPA free reusables for delivering food. When they come up with such ideas, they should first study the practical side,” said Mr Sudheish Kumar. He said civic authorities should suggest feasible eco-friendly products for packing foods.

Mayor Prasanth said the quantity of disposable waste went up since the launch of online food delivery apps in the state capital. “Huge quantity of disposable waste is being generated daily and they should adopt eco-friendly methods for delivering food. Bay leaf and similar organic items could be used for packing,” he said.

He said that the civic body is planning to launch a study to find out the quantity of plastic and other disposable waste being generated in the Corporation area. 

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