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Restrict import of plastic waste: NGT to CPCB

Panaji: The principal bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to strictly restrict the import of plastic waste in the country, as it is hazardous to the environment.

The NGT was hearing a plea filed by Amit Jain alleging that 9 lakh tonne of cheap waste paper and road sweep waste is imported for being burnt in brick kilns, thus causing land and air pollution.

A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel passed the order after perusing a report of CPCB suggesting the need to restrict the import of plastic waste.

The CPCB informed the NGT that import of plastic waste needs to be restricted, as the hazardous waste generated in the country is to the extent of 26,000 tonne a day and the same is not being properly managed.

The NGT directed the CPCB to take action so as to ensure that its recommendations to encourage the local bodies on the use of plastic waste for road construction or energy recovery or waste to oil etc are implemented and that it looks into restricting the import of plastic waste.

“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 posting the matter for hearing on September 6.

It also ordered that the application for registration or for renewal of registration of producer or brand owner is done as per checklist issued by the CPCB and also ensure that every producer, importer and brand owner follows extended producer responsibility as per the applicable guidelines.

“We direct the CPCB to take further action for ensuring that its recommendation is fully implemented by all concerned in the matter of implementation of Plastic Waste Management Rules as well as restriction on import of plastic waste is implemented in such a manner as may be directed by the CPCB,” the bench said.

The CPCB had also evolved guidelines for collection, segregation and disposal of plastic waste. The key technologies mentioned were utilisation of plastic waste in road construction, co-processing of plastic waste in cement kilns, conversion of plastic waste into liquid RDF (oil) or energy and disposal of plastic waste through Plasma Pyrolysis Technology (PPT).

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