GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE
RAJYA SABHA QUESTION NO. 353 ANSWERED ON 06.02.2017
Reduction in use of plastic
Dr. Vikas Mahatme
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state :-
(a) the steps taken to reduce unnecessary use of plastic and promote increase in the use of biodegradable plastic;
(b) the details and statistics of use of plastic and the magnitude of garbage creation by plastic during the last three years; and
(c) the percentage that was recycled during the last three years?
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE
(SHRI ANIL MADHAV DAVE)
(a): The Ministry has notified the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, which provide ways and means for waste reduction and environmentally sound management of plastic waste. The generators of waste are mandated to take steps to minimize plastic waste generation. The conditions for using plastic for packaging, wrapping and carrying commodities have been specified in the rules. The Rules prohibit use of plastic for packaging gutkha, pan masala and tobacco. The provisions related to sale and marketing of compostable plastic have been incorporated in the Rules.
(b) and (c): As per information available with Central Pollution Control Board, the total plastic waste generation in 60 major cities is approximately 4060 tons/day. The share of recyclable and non-recyclable plastic waste is 7% approx. of the total Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) generation. The statistics on magnitude of garbage creation by plastic in last three years is not readily available. As per the estimate of Central Pollution Control Board, about 60% of the total plastic waste generation is recycled.