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7% growth seen in disposable cup market

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KOLKATA, Sept. 24

THE paper-cup manufacturing sector is expected to expand in a big way in the coming years following the growing awareness of the ill effects of using non-food and bio-degradable containers for serving beverages.

According to a study conducted by the Calcutta Paper Traders Association (CPTA), there will be an overall growth of 7 per cent in the disposable-cup market. About 90 per cent of this growth will be in the paper-cup segment, the plastic cup market being pretty stagnant.

Given the steady growth in the ice cream market and the fact that Indians are ``voracious'' tea and coffee consumers, there is a good growth potential for the paper cup industry.

This apart, some policy changes, effected by the various State Governments, have also contributed to the change in the market. Thus, there has been a sudden spurt in the demand for paper cups in Tamil Nadu following the State Government banning the use of disposable plastic cups.

It is also to be noted that the Indian Railways has recently passed an order banning the use of plastic cups at railway stations and on trains.

A total of 150 million cups is consumed by the Indian Railways and its associates every year. The CPTA has urged the State Governments, paper manufacturers, traders, environmentalists and NGOs to initiate a joint move propagating the use of paper cups.

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