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No efforts yet to set up Haryana plastic waste collection centres

Ministry of Environment and Forests had also put the responsibility of collecting,segregating,transporting and disposing of plastic on the municipal bodies.

Written by Bhartesh Singh Thakur | Panchkula |
August 12, 2011 2:47:24 am

Despite a notification from the Ministry of Environment and Forests that all urban local bodies in the country should set up their own plastic waste collection centres on February 4 of this year,Haryana has taken no action. The Ministry had also put the responsibility of collecting,segregating,transporting and disposing of plastic on the municipal bodies.

As per the notification,“The municipal authority shall be responsible for setting up,operating and co-ordinating waste management system and performing the associated functions,namely (i) to ensure safe collection,storage,segregation,transportation,processing and disposal of plastic waste,(ii) to ensure that no damage is caused to the environment during this process,(iii) to ensure setting up of collection centres for plastic waste involving manufacturers,(iv) to ensure its channelisation to recyclers,(v) to create awareness among all stakeholders about their responsibilities,(vi) to engage agencies or groups working in waste management including waste pickers and (vii) to ensure that open burning of plastic waste is not permitted.”

The notification suggests that local bodies could ask manufacturers under Extended Producer’s Responsibility (EPR) to provide required finance for setting up of plastic waste collection centres.

As per the plastic bag notification of January 3,2011,the manufacturing units of plastic carry bags shall be fined not less than Rs 25,000 and may extend upto Rs 50,000,where as retailers,vendors and other establishments found to be violating directions,shall be fined not less than Rs 2,500 and may extend upto Rs 5,000 for the first offence. The individuals using or littering plastic cups,plates,tumblers and carry bags will be fined not less than Rs 250 and may extend upto Rs 500 per offence.

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