Within six months, all of India will have to adhere to a new set of rules for plastic waste management – more stringent than the existing laws.

The new rules which have been notified replace the earlier ones made five years ago.

The new rules place the onus of managing waste generated at events like marriage- and religious functions, public gatherings and rallies on persons or organizations, including political parties who host these events.

Once the new law takes effect, manufacture of plastic bags of below 50 microns will not be allowed. (Thin bags are dangerous to the environment).

Those making plastic bags will have to pay a certain sum of money to the Government – it will be distributed to local governing bodies to fund disposal measures.

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “Responsibility of waste generator is being introduced for the first time. Accordingly, individual and bulk generators like offices, commercial establishments and industries are to segregate the plastic waste at source, handover segregated waste and pay user fees as per bye-laws of the local bodies”.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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