The Central Pollution Control Board has told the NGT that it has issued show cause notices for closure of operations and levied environment compensation on Flipkart and Pataljali Peya as they are not registered with it and for the non-compliance of provisions of Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules 2018.
The CPCB further informed the NGT that four firms – Hindustan Coca-cola Beverages Pvt Ltd, Pepsico India Holding Pvt Ltd, Bisleri International Pvt Ltd, and Ms NourishCo Beverages Ltd, are registered with CPCB. However, they have not provided information for evidence-based assessment of implementation of the action plan for fulfilment of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) liability.
The documents submitted by them have not been endorsed by state pollution control boards (SPCBs) and accordingly, the show cause notice has been issued to these firms as well. It also informed the NGT that “Amazon Seller Service Pvt Ltd, Coca-Cola India Pvt Ltd, Parle Agro Pvt Ltd, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp Ltd have been recently granted registration by CPCB as Brand Owner/producer under Plastic Waste Management (PWM) Rules, 2018”. Therefore, they are now required to submit quarterly progress reports and comply with conditions stipulated in the registration certificate issued to them.
With regard to the Tribunal’s direction on environmental audit of these firms, the CPCB said it has held deliberations with expert agencies on the matter. “Since, it will be for the first time that such an audit shall be conducted, a committee has been constituted to deliberate and suggest mechanism for conducting environmental audit as well as specify the agencies which can be engaged for such audits,” the CPCB said. It said that directions under Section 5 of Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 has been issued to all SPCBs for identification of the Brand owners/ producers who are operating without registration from them and to take action against the defaulting units as per provisions of PWM Rules, 2018 which may include closure of their operations, and levying of Environmental Compensation.
The CPCB receives applications for registration under Rule 13(2) of PWM Rules. Applications are examined by CPCB and clarification/information, if any, are communicated to the Applicants. However, many such applicants have not responded to CPCB’s queries. “As the applicants are non-compliant during this period, list of such applicants has also been forwarded to the State Board for taking action against the defaulting units as per provision of PWM Rules, 2018 which shall include closure of their operations, and levying environmental compensation”.
The NGT has directed the CPCB to conduct environmental audit
The CPCB told the NGT that e-commerce giants need to fulfil their extended producer responsibility under the PWM Rules and need to establish a system for collecting back the plastic waste generated due to the packaging of their products, the CPCB had earlier told the NGT. It said, “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.”
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