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QUESTION NO - 4201 : Plastic borne pollution

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA,MINISTRY OF  ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE
RAJYA SABHA,QUESTION NO.4201,ANSWERED ON:10.04.2017
 
Plastic borne pollution
 
Shri Mahendra Singh Mahra
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to satate :-
(a) whether it is a fact that plastic borne pollution in the country has reached its zenith;
(b) if so, whether the Minister would propose a ban on the use of plastic;
(c) if not, whether he would propose to set-up plastic recycling unit at various places to recycle 
plastic; and
(d) if not, whether there is another plan to end plastic borne pollution and if so, the details thereof?
 
ANSWER
 
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIORNMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE
(SHRI ANIL MADHAV DAVE)
 
(a) & (b) Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in 2015 reported generation of 5.6 million tons of plastic waste annually, out of which 3.3 million tons are reported to be collected. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has not imposed ban on the use of plastic.
 
 
(c) The Government has notified the Plastic Waste (Management) Rules, 2016, which, inter-alia, has made every local body responsible for development and setting up of infrastructure for segregation, collection, storage, transportation, processing including recycling and disposal of the plastic waste either on its own or by engaging agencies or through producers. The plastic waste, which can be recycled, is channelized to registered plastic waste recyclers for gainful utilization.
 
(d)Rules have been formulated for environmentally sound management of plastic waste and regulate manufacture, sale, distribution and use of plastic carry bags including carry bags of compostable plastic, and plastic sheets for packaging or wrapping commodities. The use of carry bags made from conventional plastic and less than 50 micron in thickness is prohibited. The use of plastic for packaging gutkha, tobacco and pan masala is prohibited. The generators of waste have been mandated to take steps to minimize generation of plastic waste, not to litter the plastic waste, ensure segregated storage of waste at source and handovers segregated waste to local body or agencies authorised by the local bodies. The shopkeepers and street vendors willing to provide plastic carry bags for dispensing any commodity require pre-registration with local body after payment of waste management fee. The Rules also provide for mechanisms for use of plastic waste in road construction, for energy recovery or for oil extraction etc.

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