Union Environ Ministry reveals estimates on plastic generation in India; heres it
In a damning revelation, it emerged that India generates 25,940 tonnes of plastic waste a day (t/day).
The information was confirmed by union environment ministry on Friday.
Answering a question raised on plastic waste in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State Dr Mahesh Sharma quoted a study by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) that surveyed 60 major cities. It emerged that these cities put together produced 4059 T/day.
Surat produced a particularly high amount; 12.47 percent of its municipal solid waste (MSW) is plastic, while only 3.1 percent of Chandigarh’s MSW is plastic.
Plastic waste is a major concern in urban areas, with repeated efforts, over the years, to ban or limit its use. The minister went on to say that the heavy metals, chloride, phthalates “migrate from plastic waste into the surrounding medium”.
The data come from a study assigned to Indian Institute of Toxicological Research (IITR), Lucknow, by the CPCB, which is called the Impact of Plastic Waste Disposal on Soil and Water Quality at Lucknow Dumpsites.
The rules put the responsibility on local bodies, gram panchayats, waste generators, retailers and street vendors to manage the plastic waste, and on producers, importers and brand owners to manage the waste collection. >