CPCB pulls up 52 firms over handling of waste -Jacob Koshy

-The Hindu

They have not set collection targets

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has pulled up 52 companies — including Amazon, Flipkart, Danone Foods and Beverages and Patanjali Ayurved Limited — for not specifying a timeline or a plan to collect the plastic waste that results from their business activities.

The Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, (which was amended in 2018) prescribed by the Union Environment Ministry, says that companies that use plastic in their processes — packaging and production — have a responsibility to ensure that any resulting plastic waste is safely disposed of.

Under this system — called the Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) — companies have to specify collection targets as well as a time-line for this process within a year of the rules coming into effect on March 2016. The plastic waste can be collected by the company or outsourced to an intermediary.

The Rules also mandate the responsibilities of local bodies, gram panchayats, waste generators and retailers to manage such waste.

A notice posted on the website of the Cental Pollution Control Board, a Ministry body, said these 52 companies hadn’t yet registered at the online portal and disclosed their disposal plans.

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The Hindu, 9 July, 2019, https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/cpcb-pulls-up-52-firms-over-handling-of-waste/article28335897.ece?homepage=true

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