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Pollution Control Board, Assam warns illegal plastic manufacturers



The Pollution Control Board, Assam (PCBA) has cracked the whip on the illegal manufacturers of prohibited single-use plastic (SUP) items in the state, issuing a notice to these units to stop such manufacture immediately and warning of fines and closure notices if not complied with.


GUWAHATI: The Pollution Control Board, Assam (PCBA) has cracked the whip on the illegal manufacturers of prohibited single-use plastic (SUP) items in the state, issuing a notice to these units to stop such manufacture immediately and warning of fines and closure notices if not complied with.


Manufacture and use of single-use plastic (SUP) items are prohibited in Assam, and the state government, through the district administrations, has issued strict directives regarding the ban from time to time. Raids were also conducted in shops and godowns to confiscate such banned items. Despite these measures, the manufacture of the prohibited category of plastics continues, which has now prompted the PCBA to be more stringent.


The notice from the PCBA states that “in spite of issuing several directives, prohibited single-use plastics are still manufactured illegally by a few industries in the state in violation of the provisions of the Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules, 2021, in respect of the prohibition of various SUP items.”


Citing the National Green Tribunal (NGT) of O.A. 710 of 2017, the PCBA said, “The scale of compensation must be deterrent, rendering violations of the Rules non-profitable.” The PCBA issued a notice to all SUP manufacturers in the state to stop manufacturing any prohibited SUP immediately. In case any violation is observed, the Board said that it will levy a minimum environmental compensation fine of Rs. 5,000 per day, as applicable to various industries, against manufacturers of SUP, besides issuing a closure notice to the entire unit.


It was further stated that the number of days of violation shall be calculated from the date of implementation of the prohibition of selected SUP items, which came into force on July 1, 2022.


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