Plastic waste recycling targets have been announced by the Centre


Posted on 12 October 2021


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The Environment Ministry has proposed guidelines that will require plastic packaging material companies to collect all of their product by 2024 and ensure that a minimum percentage of it is recycled and reused in following supplies. It also established a mechanism for producers and users of plastic packaging to collect and trade certificates known as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) certificates. The notification is set to take effect on December 6 and is currently open for public comment. Only a small percentage of plastic that cannot be recycled — such as multi-layered multi-material plastics — will be eligible for end-of-life disposal in places like road construction, waste to energy, waste to oil, and cement kilns, and only methods approved by the Central Pollution Control Board will be allowed. In India, approximately 660,787.85 tonnes of plastic garbage are produced annually as of 2019, with around 60% of that being recycled. Packaging makes up over 43% of the total, with the majority of it being single-use plastic.


Key Points

  • The Environment Ministry has proposed guidelines that will require plastic packaging material companies to collect all of their product by 2024 and ensure that a minimum percentage of it is recycled and reused in following supplies.

  •  Packaging makes up over 43% of the total, with the majority of it being single-use plastic.