Stricter Implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility for Plastic Waste Management
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It's a call by the students of SRCC, Delhi University for a sustainable and a plastic-free future.
As per the CPCB reports, 2011 India produces 15,342 tonnes of plastic waste everyday out of which more than 40% is left unmanaged resulting in over 2.2 million tons of unmanaged plastic waste annually.
Presently, India disposes at least 0.60 Million tonnes of plastic waste into the oceans ranking 12th on the list of top 20 countries responsible for 83% of the plastic waste disposal in the oceans.
As a solution to the growing hazards of the plastic waste, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) had been introduced in the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2011 and had been largely redefined in PWM 2016 asking the Producers, Importers and Brand Owners who introduce products in the market to take primary responsibility for collection of used multi-layered plastic sachets or pouches or packaging. However, 7 years have passed since the introduction of EPR, and yet, the implementation hasn’t been as effective and regulated and it was proposed to be.
The goal of sustainable plastic waste management through effective execution of legislation can be achieved only through the integrated efforts of the public, producers and policy makers. Imposing the idea of Extended Producer Responsibility and simultaneously pushing consumers to take active steps in this direction is the need of the hour. Hence, we request the stakeholders to:
- Clearly define guidelines for collection of the plastic waste and introduce standards and goals of collection every month; impose penalties in case of discrepancies
- Set up Public-Private sustainable infrastructures for collection of plastic waste in cities, towns and rural areas. Introduce Public-Private-CSOs partnered bodies for better monitoring, coordination and collection.
- Create greater public and corporate awareness about EPR, especially in towns and rural areas; incentives to be given to citizens and corporates participating in plastic deposition/collection drives.
Let's come together and beat the Plastic Jam.
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