A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel additionally requested the Central Pollution Control Board to coordinate with the state PCBs and State Level Monitoring Committees on EPR
The National Green Tribunal has held that plastic pens are lined below Plastic Waste Management Rules and directed the surroundings ministry to finalise the Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) regime for administration of waste.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel additionally requested the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to coordinate with the state PCBs and State Level Monitoring Committees on EPR.
“Even though pen is not specifically mentioned under the rules, the same is certainly covered by definition of ‘plastic’ under Rule 3 (o) of the Plastic Waste Management Rule, 2016. Thus, pen is also covered by the statutory framework,” the bench stated.
The tribunal was listening to a plea filed by Avani Mishra towards unchecked use of plastic pens having opposed affect on the surroundings.
The EPR legal responsibility is just not being duly enforced, the plea alleged and prompt that coverage of ‘purchase again’ be launched.
The applicant submitted that 27 lakh pens are produced per day and it’s not doable for the Local Bodies to gather and deal with the waste as contemplated below the principles.
“The cost of refill is high which encourages purchase of fresh pens and consumerism instead of going for refills to avoid waste. The waste is at times burnt causing pollution.
There is, thus, policy gap as pens do not find specific mention in the policies on waste management,” the petitioner stated.
The CPCB had earlier advised the inexperienced tribunal that the gadgets lined below EPR in PWM Rules, 2018 are multi-layered plastic sachets or pouches or packaging, thus, gadgets resembling pens and different plastic merchandise haven’t been lined below Extended Producers Liabilities.