Oct. 13, 2021

The Environment Ministry has issued draft rules that mandate producers of plastic packaging material to collect all of their produce by 2024 and ensure that a minimum percentage of it be recycled as well as used in subsequent supply.


  • It has also specified a system whereby makers and users of plastic packaging could collect certificates — called Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) certificates — and trade in them.

  • The notification was expected to come into force by December 6 and, as of now, was open to public feedback.

  • Only a fraction of plastic that cannot be recycled — such as multi-layered multi-material plastics — would be eligible to be sent for end-of-life disposal such as road construction, waste to energy, waste to oil and cement kilns.

  • Only methods prescribed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) would be permitted for their disposal.

Source : The Hindu