CPCB pulls up 52 firms over handling of waste

  1. Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has criticised 52 firms for flouting Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) under the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 (amended in 2018).
  2. Under EPR, responsibility of collection of used plastics and multilayered plastics is entrusted upon producers, importers and brand owners.
  3. The companies are mandated to provide a timeline or a plan to collect the plastic waste that results from their business activities. However the firms have not yet registered at the online portal and disclosed their disposal plans.
  4. The Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 offer directives to urban local bodies and Gram Panchayats on segregation, collection, transportation, processing and disposal of plastic waste in their areas of jurisdiction. The rules also mandate producers, importers, waste generators and retailers to manage such waste.
  5. According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) estimates in 2015, Indian cities generate about 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste per day and about 70% of the plastic produced in the country ends up as waste.