Amended rules on plastic waste will come into force on July 1

The Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) will enforce the amended Plastic Waste Management Rules 2021 which expanded the single-use plastic ban to include plastic sticks used in headphones, ice cream, plastic plates, cups, etc., July 1st.

Violation of the ordinance by industries, all commercial establishments including malls, markets, malls, cinemas, tourist places, educational institutions, offices and hospitals will result in seizure plastic products prohibited under the Environment (Protection) Act 1986.

Penalties under the Solid Waste Management and Remediation Act and the Environmental Compensation Commission will be issued as directed by the Central Pollution Control Commission at the rate of ₹5,000 per ton, it said. the society.

Companies Commissioner Akshy Sridhar, in a notice on Tuesday, asked anyone who stored the prohibited items to clear them by Thursday.

The state government banned single-use plastic items, including carrier bags, banners, streamers, hoses, plates and cups, in March 2016 itself.

On August 12, 2021, the Union Department of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change (MoEFCC) banned several other items under the Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules, including manufacturing, import, storage, distribution, sale and use of single-use plastics — polystyrene and expanded polystyrene.

Some of the prohibited products are headphones with plastic sticks, plastic sticks used for balloons, plastic flags, plastic candy sticks, plastic ice cream sticks, polystyrene (thermocol) used for decoration , plastic plates, plastic goblets and beakers, forks, plastic spoons, plastic knives, cutlery such as plastic trays, wrapping or wrapping films for sweet boxes, announcement cards and cigarette packets , plastic under 100 microns, PVC streamers and plastic stirrers.

Bryce K. Locke