CPCB notifies SPCBs/PCCs to phase out SUP

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CPCB notifies SPCBs/PCCs to phase out SUP (Single-Use Plastic). CPCB released a set of directions under section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 to be executed directly by SPCBs/PCCs to phase out SUP:

1. Consents and registration to be revoked or modified as per requirement issued to producers engaged in the production of banned SUP items.

2. To direct the producers engaged in the production of banned SUP items to take necessary action to ensure zero inventory of banned SUP items before July 01, 2022.

3. To direct plastic raw material manufacturers in their respective State/UT. Make sure that raw material is not provided to producers of SUP.

4. To direct E-Commerce companies to discontinue the selling of banned SUP items as per the timelines specified in the notification.

5. To issue a Public Notice in their state/UT apprising the stakeholders to comply with the provisions of the Notification, dated August 12, 2021.

6. To arrange a meeting with Local Authorities to apprise them of their roles & responsibilities on the matter.

7. To direct the concerned State Authorities for the following district-wise identification of major Commercial Establishments and similar entities which are dealing in bulk quantities of SUP.

8. To organize a meeting of all the key stakeholders directly or indirectly involved or associated with the production, storage, distribution, stocking, and sale of banned SUP items.

9. To inform Hon’ble Chief Ministers and all the Public Representatives at different levels as also all the officers at different levels.

10. To conduct field inspections in association with District Magistrate, District Police & Local Urban and Rural Authorities to eliminate stocking, sale & usage & as per format placed at Annexure-II.

11. To identify SUP Producers engaged in the production of banned SUP items in the informal sector by contact tracing and taking action against them in association with local authorities.

12. To provide information for Mapping of District in each State/ UT as per the format provided in Annexure Il for the SUP App being developed by CPCB

13. To coordinate with State Authorities to ensure grievances raised in the SUP App or any other similar App available with the local authorities are resolved in a time-bound manner.

14. To levy penalty on violators of stipulated conditions of the said notification.

15. To provide necessary assistance for the convening of training programs of MSMEs involving CIPET, CPCB, and MSME State Institute to facilitate the transition from SUP to alternatives by MSMEs.

16. To conduct a Market survey through a third-party agency to phase out banned SUP items as per format placed at Annexure-II.

17. To submit a detailed Awareness Program for the elimination of SUP along with timelines including directions mentioned above and to incorporate other State-specific initiatives as deemed appropriate by Chairperson, SPCB.

18. To take further necessary action to eliminate SUP in your State/UT as per the timelines specified in the said Notification.

The SPCBs & PCCs have to take necessary action to ensure compliance with the above Directions in line with a Comprehensive Action Plan provided in Annexure I and submit the fortnightly (5th & 20th of every month) report to CPCB in the prescribed format mentioned in Annexure Il of the notification.

Date of Release – 12.08.2021

Applicable – All SPCBs & PCCs

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