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Environment Ministry notifies Plastic Waste Management (amendment) rules (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III- Environment)

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has notified the Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules 2018.  The amended Rules lay down that the phasing out of Plastics is now applicable to Multilayered Plastic (MLP), which are “non-recyclable, or non-energy recoverable, or with no alternate use.”

Central Registration system
The amended Rules also prescribe a central registration system for the registration of the producer/importer/brand owner.  The Rules also lay down that any mechanism for the registration should be automated and should take into account ease of doing business for producers, recyclers and manufacturers.   The centralized registration system will be evolved by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for the registration of the producer/importer/brand owner.  While a national registry has been prescribed for producers with presence in more than two states, a state-level registration has been prescribed for smaller producers/brand owners operating within one or two states.

Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016
Based on several representations received from various stakeholders, MoEF&CC had constituted a committee on issues/challenges faced with regard to the implementation of Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 and Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.  The committee deliberated on several issues related to the Rules and its implementation by various stakeholders and submitted its recommendations to the Ministry.

What are Multilayered Plastic (MLP)?
Multi-layered plastics are made up of a layered composition of various types of plastics. Sometimes, the plastics material is also combined with non-plastics such as aluminium foil. Multi-layered plastics products are difficult to be recycled.

Mixed plastics streams are generally separated on the basis of their density for purpose of recycling.

(Adapted from PIB)

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