Take steps to dis­pose of plas­tic: NGT

CPCB Told To Plan, Mon­i­tor Waste Man­age­ment

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - Delhi Gate Vi­nay Marg Race Course

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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