Delhi: 14 plastic bag and packaging material manufacturing units receive closure notice

An “environmental compensation” amounting to 1.22 crore was also levied on defaulting units in Narela and Bawana industrial estates that manufactured plastic bags less than 75 microns and packaging materials less than 50 microns in thickness in violation of waste management rules. plastic waste (PWM).

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited has also been ordered to cut power.

In addition, the DPCC also imposed a fine of 1.3 lakh out of 26 units indulging in the sale and use of the banned single-use plastic items in the markets.

Teams from city local bodies, the revenue department and the DPCC have inspected 5,023 units since the nationwide ban on 19 single-use plastic (SUP) items went into effect on July 1, according to a report on the measures taken. Of these, 2,484 were found in violation of the ban or PWM rules

The report states that a total of 462 challans amounting to 2.59 crores have been issued so far.

Prohibited items are: earphones, plastic balloon sticks, flags, candy sticks, ice cream sticks, polystyrene (thermocol), plates, cups, glasses, forks, spoons, knives, straws, trays, wrapping or wrapping films around candy boxes, invitation cards, cigarette packets, plastic or PVC banners under 100 microns and stirrers.

Plastic carrier bags with a thickness of less than 75 microns are also prohibited by the plastic waste management rules and their thickness will have to be increased to 120 microns from December 31.

Plastic packaging with a thickness of less than 50 microns and plastic bags used for the sale and storage of tobacco, pan masala and gutkha are also prohibited.

Notably, Delhi generates 1,060 tonnes of plastic waste per day. SUP is estimated at 5.6% (or 56 kg per metric ton) of total solid waste in the capital.

The pollution control body has set up a control room to monitor the implementation of the ban on 19 identified single-use plastic items, which will receive all complaints related to the violation of the ban on SUP and will direct enforcement teams to take action against them.

Complaints regarding violations can also be lodged with the Control Room through Delhi Government’s Green Delhi app or Central Pollution Control Board’s “SUP-CPCB” app.

When the ban on SUP items came into effect on July 1, Delhi’s Environment Minister Gopal Rai said his government would be lenient towards those who violated the ban for the first 10 days and would focus on raising awareness against the use of these products and promoting their variants.

He said authorities would issue warnings to units found in violation of the 19-article SUP ban until July 10 and punitive action would be taken against repeat offenders thereafter.

Rai also warned that violations will result in a fine of up to 1 lakh or a prison term of up to five years or both under the Environmental Protection Act 1986.

To enforce the ban, the tax authorities and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee formed 33 and 15 teams respectively.

While the DPCC must ensure compliance with the ban in compliant areas, the MCD and other local bodies are responsible for its implementation in the informal sector.

According to Rai, urban local bodies like MCD will take action against defaulting units according to their statutes, while the revenue department will take action under the Environmental Protection Law.

A three-day fair was also held at the nation’s capital’s Thyagraj Stadium to promote alternatives to SUP items.

To publicize the ban on SUP items, the Delhi government will provide training to members of eco-clubs in the capital. There are around 2,000 eco-clubs in Delhi.

In collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme, the training program will take place on July 19.

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Bryce K. Locke