CPCB: E-tailers must collect plastic waste they generate

NEW DELHI: E-commerce platforms, Amazon and Flipkart, must fulfil their extended producer responsibility under the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, and need to put in place a system for collecting back the plastic waste generated due to the packaging of their products, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) told National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday. The apex pollution monitoring body told the green tribunal that according to provisions 9(2) of the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, “Primary responsibility for collection of used multi-layered plastic sachet or pouches or packaging is of producers, importers and brand owners who introduce the products in the market.” “Amazon Retail India Private Limited and Flipkart Private limited are involved in packaging and selling of other companies’ products and thus introducing plastic packaging in the market. They need to fulfil their extended producer responsibility under PWM rules and should obtain registration as brand owner after submitting proper documents,” it said. The CPCB submission came in response to a plea filed by a 16-year-old boy, who had earlier approached the tribunal to stop e-commerce giants from excessive plastic use in their packaging. Aditya Dubey, through his legal guardian, had pleaded the NGT to direct Amazon and Flipkart to stop excessive use of plastic in packaging the goods delivered by the firms. “Single-use plastic is non-biodegradable and ultimately contaminates soil and water,” Dubey highlighted in the petition. He added the two companies have not made arrangements for either taking back the plastic material or ensuring that it is recycled. “Plastic packaging constitutes 43% of the total plastic waste generated in India and it is imperative that a direction be issued to the respondents that they should stop using plastic packaging materials and shift to environment friendly packaging option,” the plea had said.

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