In 2019, India generated over 660,000 tons of plastic waste and only 60% of it was recycled
The Indian government has launched a campaign against single-use plastics in the country and the Ministry of Environment on Thursday notified comprehensive guidelines for packaging.
Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav said on Twitter on Thursday: “Following Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji’s call to phase out single-use plastics, @moefcc has notified comprehensive guidelines on extended consumer responsibility. producers on plastic packaging.”
According to the Minister, the guidelines not only provide a framework to strengthen the circular economy of plastic packaging waste, but also promote the development of new alternatives to plastics. “They provide a roadmap for businesses to transition to sustainable plastic packaging,” he said.
Plastics have been classified into four categories: rigid, flexible, multi-layered and those used for packaging and carrier bags. Producers, importers and brand owners must provide certificate details of registered recyclers along with data on the quantity sent for end-of-life disposal by June 30, the ministry said.
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In 2019, India generated over 660,000 tons of plastic waste and only 60% of it was recycled. According to government figures, nearly 43% is packaging material, mostly single-use plastic.
Last August, the government made it mandatory to increase the thickness of plastic carrier bags to 120 microns. It also prohibited the manufacture, import, storage, distribution, sale and use of products with low utility but high litter potential.