Government announces measures to reduce supply of raw materials to enforce single-use plastic ban

The Central Pollution Control Board should take action to reduce the supply of raw materials to enforce the ban on identified single-use plastic items by June 30, 2022, the Ministry of Pollution said on Saturday. Environment, Forests and Climate Change.

This comes despite MSMEs seeking to delay a ban on single-use plastic for a year on the grounds that they say they need more time to switch to alternatives such as biodegradable paper.

“The CPCB’s multi-pronged approach under its overall action plan includes measures to reduce raw material supply, demand-side measures to reduce plastic demand, enabling measures to promote alternatives to SUP,” the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change said. .

Plastic items that will be banned from the beginning of July 2022 include headphones with plastic sticks, plastic balloon sticks, plastic flags, candy sticks, ice cream sticks and polystyrene (thermocol) for decoration, plates, cups, glasses among others.

In accordance with the Plastic Waste Management (PWM) Rules of 2016, there is a total ban on pouches using plastic materials used to store, package or sell gutkha, tobacco and pan masala.

Under the amended 2021 rules, the manufacture, import, storage, distribution, sale and use of virgin or recycled plastic carrier bags that are less than seventy-five microns is prohibited from September 30, 2021 instead of fifty microns. previously recommended as part of the PWM Rules, 2016.

MSMEs had warned that the ban could shut down swab manufacturing in India, threatening around 3,000 MSMEs and 15,000 jobs. The ban will force MSMEs to import rolled paper sticks at high costs, which will put MSMEs in the health sector at risk, the forum said.

“The paper needed to manufacture the rolled paper sticks is not available in India and has to be imported from Germany and other developed countries as none of the Indian paper manufacturing companies are equipped or able to manufacture the quality of paper required for the manufacture of rolled paper. swab sticks,” MSMEs said in a letter to the Ministry of MSMEs, Trade and Environment.

However, the government added that in order to support MSMEs, the CPCB, in association with the Central Institute of Petrochemical Engineering and Technology (CIPET), is conducting workshops for MSMEs across the country to transition to alternatives to single-use plastic.

“Three of these workshops were held in Ranchi, Guwahati and Madurai. The development of alternatives to petroleum-based plastics is also being pursued in collaboration with leading technical institutions like IISc and CIPET,” the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change added.

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