In response to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s call to phase out single-use plastic by 2022, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of the Government of India has notified the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021, which prohibits the use of identified single-use plastics items which have low utility and high littering potential by 2022. With effect from July 1, 2022, the manufacturing, import, stocking, distribution, sale, and use of single-use plastic commodities, including polystyrene and expanded polystyrene, will be banned. To minimize trash caused by lightweight plastic carry bags, the thickness of plastic carry bags has been increased from 50 microns to 75 microns as of September 30, 2021, and to 120 millimeters as of December 31, 2022. The Plastic Waste Management Rules of 2016 currently prohibit the manufacturing, import, stocking, distribution, sale, and use of carry bags and plastic sheets with a thickness of less than 50 microns throughout the country. The Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) of the Producer, Importer, and Brand Owner will collect and manage the plastic packaging trash in an environmentally sustainable manner. The Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021, have been granted legal force in order to ensure that EPR is implemented effectively. The Central Pollution Control Board, in collaboration with state pollution control agencies, will oversee the ban, identifying violators and enforcing the penalties set forth in the Environmental Protection Act. States/UTs have been asked to form a Special Task Force to eliminate single-use plastics and ensure that the requirements are implemented effectively. For coordinating purposes, a National Level Taskforce has been formed.
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