Alternatives to Plastics
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 1245
ANSWERED ON: 25.07.2022
Alternatives to Plastics
Sangamlal Kadedin Gupta
Pratap Chandra Sarangi
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FORESTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:-
(a) whether the Government has framed any State-wise directions or mechanism for the effective implementation of ban on Single Use Plastics (SUPs), ifso, the details thereof;
(b) whether the Government is planning to introduce similar and less-harmful alternative(s) of SUPs which iscost-effective for businesses;
(c) whether the Government has formulated anyplan to compensate those companies and related employees who are engaged in producing these SUP’sproducts, if so, the details thereof;
(d) whether the Government aims to incentivise manufacturing of biodegradable alternative(s), if so, the details thereof; and
(e) the details of action plan of the Governmentpreparing infrastructure for collecting and composting biodegradable alternative(s)?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE
(SHRI ASHWINI KUMAR CHOUBEY)
(a)All thirty six States/UTs have constituted the Special Task Force under Chairpersonship of Chief Secretary/Administrator for elimination of single use plastics and effective implementation of PWMR, 2016. A National Level Taskforce has also been constituted by the Ministry in this regard.The State /UT Governments and concerned Central Ministries/Departments have also been requested to developa comprehensive action plan and implement it in a time bound manner. The Government of India provides additional central assistance to the States/UTs under the Swachh Bharat Mission for solid waste management including plastic waste management. Swachh Bharat Mission Urban 2.0 has specific focus on elimination of single use plastics.
(b) to (d): The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises has schemes to provide support to MSME units, which includes support to such units earlier involved in manufacturing of banned single use plastic items for switching over to alternatives / other products. These schemes provide support in respect of technology upgradation, creating awareness, marketing support, infrastructural support, as per scheme guidelines.
(e): The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has also notified the Guidelines on the Extended Producer Responsibility for plastic packaging vide Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2022, on 16th February, 2022. As per these Guidelines, packaging and carry bags made of compostable plastics are covered under Extended Producer Responsibility. Producers, importers and brand owners are obligated that packaging and carry bags made of compostable plastics, are taken to industrial composting units under Extended Producer Responsibility.