Plas­tic bag rules eased for ven­dors

Cen­tre Amends Norms, Omits Pro­vi­sions Re­quir­ing Shop­keep­ers To Pay A Fee

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - | POLITICS POLICY - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: The Cen­tre has amended the Plas­tic Waste Man­age­ment Rules — omit­ting pro­vi­sions of “ex­plicit pric­ing of carry bags” which re­quired ven­dors — who sold com­modi­ties in a carry bag, to reg­is­ter with their re­spec­tive ur­ban lo­cal bod­ies and pay a min­i­mum fee for this.

Though the move, taken on the premise of eas­ing norms for do­ing busi­ness, will help small busi­nesses, the lo­cal civic au­thor­i­ties will lose money which could have been used for seg­re­ga­tion and dis­posal of plas­tic waste.

Of­fi­cial, how­ever, noted that the civic agen­cies could still do it, tak­ing mar­ket as­so­ci­a­tions on board for the job.

The amend­ment also laid down pro­ce­dures for phas- ing out of multi-lay­ered plas­tic (MLP) which are non-re­cy­clable or non-en­ergy re­cov­er­able or of no al­ter­na­tive use.

Be­sides, it pre­scribes a cen­tral sys­tem for the reg­is­tra­tion of pro­ducer/im­porter/brand owner of plas­tic prod­ucts. The move will help the coun­try’s pol­lu­tion watch­dog — Cen­tral Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board (CPCB) - in mon­i­tor­ing dis­posal of plas­tic waste across the coun­try with tak­ing state agen­cies on board.

The cen­tralised reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem will be evolved by the CPCB. “While a na­tional registry has been pre­scribed for pro­duc­ers with pres­ence in more than two states, a state-level reg­is­tra­tion has been pre­scribed for smaller pro­duc­ers/brand own­ers op­er­at­ing within one or two states,” said the en­vi­ron­ment min­istry while re­fer­ring to those amend­ments.

Based on several rep­re­sen­ta­tions re­ceived from var­i­ous stake­hold­ers, the min­istry had con­sti­tuted a com­mit­tee on is­sues faced with re­gard to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Plas­tic Waste Man­age­ment Rules, 2016 and Solid Waste Man­age­ment Rules, 2016.

“The com­mit­tee de­lib­er­ated on several is­sues re­lated to the Rules and its im­ple­men­ta­tion by var­i­ous stake­hold­ers and sub­mit­ted its rec­om­men­da­tions to the min­istry,” said an of­fi­cial state­ment.

The move will help small busi­nesses but the lo­cal civic au­thor­i­ties will lose money, which could have been used for seg­re­ga­tion of waste

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