Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2016
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Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2016 were notified by the government under the powers conferred by the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.
- Minimum thickness: It defines the minimum thickness of plastic carry bags i.e. 50 microns. This would increase the cost and the tendency to provide free carry bags would come down.
- Responsibility of local bodies: to implement the rules.
- Rural areas are brought under the rules since plastic has reached rural areas as well. The gram sabhas have been given responsibility of implementation.
- Extended Producer Responsibility:
- Producers and brand owners have been made responsible for collecting waste generated from their products.
- Producers are to keep a record of their vendors to whom they have supplied raw materials for manufacturing. This is to curb manufacturing of these products in unorganised sector.
- Responsibility of waste generator: All institutional generators of plastic waste shall segregate and store their waste as per Solid Waste Management Rules, and handover segregated wastes to authorized waste disposal facilities.
- Responsibility of street vendors and retailers: Not to provide such carry bags or fine would be imposed. Only the registered shopkeepers on payment of a registration fee to local bodies would be allowed to give out plastic carry bags on charge.
- Recyle: It promotes the use of plastic for road construction or energy recovery.