NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to implement strict ban on import of plastic waste in India as it is very harmful for the environment.
A bench headed by Adarsh Kumar Goel, chairperson, NGT, said, “local bodies to encourage the use of plastic waste for road construction or waste on energy etc.”
The bench said, “Every producer or brand owner is required to make application for registration or for renewal of registration and such registration is done as per checklist issued by the CPCB. Extended producer responsibility is applicable and is required to be followed by producers, importers and brand owners as per applicable guidelines.”
The panel also directed CPCB to take action ensuring that the recommendations are completely implemented as per the plastic waste management rules.
“The CPCB may furnish a further action taken report in the matter to this tribunal within two months by e-mail,” the bench said while hearing of a plea. The plea was filed by Amit Jain alleging that cheap waste paper and road sweep waste is imported to this country from US, Europe, etc. and it is being burnt which is causing land and air pollution. CPCB informed the tribunal that plastic waste import needs to be restricted as the hazardous waste generated in the country is to the extent of 26,000 tons a day and the same is not being properly managed.