CPCB issued direction to airlines operators

The Central Pollution Control Board has issued direction to airlines operators under section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 for for phasing out of single use plastic (SUP) & operating registration as per EPR guidelines.

MOEF&CC mandated the banning of certain Single Use Plastic (SUP) items and specified the minimum thickness of carry bags.

As per Rules 4(1)(c) of Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 (as amended) “Carry bag made of virgin or recycled plastic shall not be less than seventy five microns in thickness with effect from the 30th September, 2021 and one hundred and twenty (120) microns in thickness with effect from 31st December, 2022, and

As per Rule 4(2) of Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 (as amended). “The manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use of following single use plastic (SUP), including polystyrene and expanded polystyrene, commodities shall be prohibited with effect from the 1 July, 2022:

  1. ear buds with plastic sticks, plastic sticks for balloons, plastic flags, candy sticks, ice-cream sticks, polystyrene (Thermocol) for decoration.
  2. Plates, cups, glasses, cutlery such as forks, spoons, knives, straws, trays, wrapping or packing films around sweet boxes, invitation cards, and cigarette packets, plastic or PVC banners less than 100 micron, stirrers.

MOEFCC notified Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) guidelines for plastic packaging. as per section 4 of the notified EOR guidelines, as per Section 4 of the notified EPR Guidelines, brand owners, producers, and importers (PIBOS) of plastic packaging are covered under the Extended Producer Responsibility obligations and provisions of the EPR guidelines. PIBOS have to register on the centralized EPR Portal developed by CPCB.

CPCB observed that banned SUP items, thin plastic sheets (less than 50 microns thickness), and thin plastic bags (less than 120 microns thickness) are continued to be used by various operators and plastic packaging (more than 50 micron) without obtaining registration as per notified EPR Guidelines, is used by various operators in the Airlines sector which is in violation of PWM Rules 2016.

List of airlines are also mentioned in these notification. To know which airlines are not complying, click on below given link.

Download – Direction to airlines operators by CPCB

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