Union Government notifies Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016
Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has notified new Plastic Waste Management (PWM) Rules.
These new rules seek to curb over 6000 tonnes of uncollected plastic waste generated daily by industries.
The PWM Rules 2016 will replace the Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2011. These rules more stringent and are related to usage and production of plastic for more eco-friendly society.
Key new rules
- Introduction of concept of extended producer responsibility (EPR) and Responsibility of waste generators.
- Rural areas have been included and Gram Panchayats have been given more responsibility.
- Banned plastic carry bags thinner than 50 microns. It is mandatory for producers to keep record of vendors to whom they supply raw material for manufacturing packaging plastics.
- Retailers and street vendor providing will be fined if their products in plastic packaging which do not conform to the new rules.
- Individual and bulk waste generators like offices, industries, commercial establishment must segregate the plastic waste at source.
- These individual and bulk waste generators should handover the segregate waste and pay user fee as per bye-laws of the local bodies.
- Persons organising public events like marriages, public gatherings are responsible for the management of waste generated during these events.
- Minimum thickness of the plastic bags increased from 40-50microns. Manufacturing and use of non-recyclable multi-layered plastic will be phased out in 2 years.