President J&K PCC discusses implementation of plastic waste rules with Polyethylene Carrier Bag Manufacturers Association
J&K Pollution Control Committee Chairman Suresh Chugh today chaired a meeting of the Polyethylene Carrying Bag Manufacturers Association here at JKPCC, HeadQuarter, Jammu regarding the recently promulgated notification from the Indian government GSR 57 (E) dated 08/12/2021, which banned the ‘Manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and use of polyethylene carrier bags with a thickness of less than 75 microns and non-woven plastic carrier bags less than 60 grams per square meter (GSM) as of September 30, 2021 in accordance with recent plastic waste management rules (amendment) 2021. The meeting was attended by BM Sharma, Member Secretary, J&K PCC, Dr. Syed Nadeem Hussain , IFS, Regional Director, Jammu, Ashok Gupta, AEE, Divisional Officers Jammu South, Jammu North, Samba South, Samba North, Scientist- An association responsible for plastic waste management and manufacturers of pol yethylene headed by its president Rakesh Kumar Gupta. At the meeting, BM Sharma, secretary of members, informed the association that from September 30, 2021, polyethylene carrier bags with a thickness of less than 75 microns will be banned throughout the country, including the ‘UT of Jammu and Kashmir and advised the association to empty their old stocks by September 30. 2021 since the production, storage and sale of polyethylene carrier bags and non-woven plastic carrier bags below 60 G / m² will be banned in UT from September 30, 2021. He also requested the assists the association in informing the CCP about the illegal storage / sale of polythene carrier bags, so that action can be taken against offenders.
Rakesh Kumar Gupta, president of the Polyethylene Manufacturers Association, called on the president to involve the deputy commissioners and the police department to implement the comprehensive ban on polyethylene carrier bags less than 75 microns and raise awareness among the masses about the use of illegal polythene carrier bags and he assured the whole society of association. He also called for the harsh sanction of the end user of illegal polyethylene. Chugh, Chairman of JK PCC, while appreciating the Polythene Association’s continued cooperation and support in the successful implementation of the PWM rules, acknowledged the threat of the sale and use of illegal polyethylene, all that is smuggled and illegally imported into UT of Jammu and Kashmir. He urged the association to actively involve its members in the fight against this threat by providing credible and actionable commentary and information on the sale and use of illegal polyethylene in the market. He also asked the association to provide a self-declaration regarding the pending stock of the above polyethylene carrier bags. 50 microns which will then be checked by the agents of the pollution control committee in the premises of their unit Informing the association, the president JK PCC affirmed that a massive awareness program was carried out by JKPCC against the use of polyethylene illegal in the past and that the same should be continued in the future as well.