Dushyant Singh Pundir
Tribune press service
Chandigarh, October 12
In order to protect the environment from further degradation, UT authorities will take action against manufacturers of packaged food products if they fail to eliminate the waste generated by their products.
The UT administration has imposed a ban on single-use plastic in the city. However, as manufacturers could not find an alternative to three plastic products – a plastic refill pouch with a quantity of less than 500ml, straws attached to tetra wrappers, and multi-layered wrappers used for the food or snack packaging – UT administration moved these products to the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) list as food quality would deteriorate in other products.
Under the EPR, the disposal of these plastic products is the responsibility of the manufacturer and it requires companies to collect their plastic waste and recycle it.
âSmall manufacturers have to pay local organizations to recycle the amount of plastic they produce. While medium and large manufacturers need to hire Producer Responsibility Organizations (PRO) to recycle their plastic, âsaid Debendra Dalai, secretary member of the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee (CPCC).
âTo get rid of multi-layered plastic waste, three PROs have been registered and another organization has requested it. The verification of the documents of the fourth PRO is ongoing, âhe said. âEvery food manufacturer should partner with a PRO for the collection and disposal of plastic waste on their behalf,â he said, adding that if a company does not recruit a PRO for the collection of waste , action would be taken against him. and its products could be banned from entering the city.
He said data would also be collected from PROs to match it with plastic waste generated by manufacturers on a regular basis.
In September 2019, the UT administration imposed a ban on single-use plastic.