Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) introduced the Plastic Waste Amendment Rules 2023, amending the existing Plastic Waste Management Rules of 2016.
Outlined within these amendments are significant changes:
The MoEF&CC has made deliberate efforts to fine-tune regulations regarding plastic waste management through these amendments. These adjustments aim to streamline and specify regulations that apply to different sectors and types of plastic usage, while also broadening the scope of bodies responsible for managing plastic waste.
Overall, these changes demonstrate a proactive approach in addressing the complexities surrounding plastic waste management. They emphasize the necessity for efficiently and responsibly handling plastic packaging in various sectors, particularly those involved in export activities.
Rule 4, which previously referred to “multi-layered packaging” in sub-rule (1), has been revised to now mention “plastic packaging.”
Under Rule 5’s section on “Plastic waste management,” a change has been made in sub-rule (1) from “urban local bodies” to “local bodies.”
This new notification officially takes effect from October 30, 2023.
The introduced amendments reflect a deliberate initiative by the MoEF&CC to refine regulations related to plastic waste management. These revisions are intended to not only streamline and tailor regulations that pertain to diverse sectors and varying plastic uses but also expand the range of entities tasked with overseeing plastic waste management.
In essence, these modifications signify a proactive stance in tackling the intricacies of plastic waste management. They underscore the urgency for effective and accountable management of plastic packaging across multiple sectors, particularly within export-driven activities.
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