Take steps to dispose of plastic: NGT
CPCB Told To Plan, Monitor Waste Management
New Delhi: Noting that there is no proper mechanism for plastic waste management in the country, National Green Tribunal asked Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to take necessary action in the matter.
A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said that mere issuance of directions by CPCB was not adequate, but the compliance had to be overseen.
“There is no proper mechanism for plastic waste management as they were being dumped in the open or burnt in brick kilns resulting in pollution. The action taken by CPCB is the issuance of directions... Even with regard to illegal import, CPCB as a statutory regulator can take up the matter with the authorities concerned,” the tribunal said.
It has directed CPCB to take further steps in the matter and accordingly file a report before October 16.
CPCB had earlier informed the tribunal that the import of plastic waste should be restricted as the hazardous wastes generated in the country was nearly 26,000 tons a day, which were not being properly managed.
The Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, as amended in 2018, prohibit open burning of plastic waste and permit its recycling only if it conforms to Indian Standard: IS 14534:1998, it said.
NGT’s directions came while hearing a plea filed by Amit Jain, who alleged that the cheap waste paper and road sweep waste was imported from the US, Europe and so on, for burning in brick kilns, causing land and air pollution. “The large plastic waste yards can be seen near recycled paper mills. The import of cheap waste paper — to the extent of 9,00,000 tons of waste — is hazardous and affecting the environment,” the plea stated.
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