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QUESTION NO. 353 : Reduction in use of plastic

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?

ANSWER

                 

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.

 

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