Speaker: Ms Hema Deshpande
Producers must develop system for recycling of plastic under ‘EPR’: MPCB
Vidarbha Industries Association organised an interactive session on ‘Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)’ held at VIA, Mrs Hema Deshpande, Sub Regional Officer – MPCB, Nagpur, also asked the traders, manufacturers and industrialists to ensure proper collection of plastic material sold in the markets so that the non-degradable material could not harm the environment.
She was clearing the doubts over the recently introduced plastic ban in the State, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) on Saturday categorically said that it is mandatory on the part of the producers and manufacturers to develop a mechanism for collection and recycling of plastic items.
Commenting on the Extended Producer Responsibility, Mrs Deshpande said that the stakeholders are expected to develop a system for collection and recycling of plastic equivalent to the quantity of plastic produced by them. “After every three months, the producers have to file statement showing details of plastic material pushed in the markets and its quantity collected for recycling.”
Mrs Deshpande categorically said it is also the responsibility of the manufacturers and producers to print their firm’s name on the plastic material besides highlighting its buyback price.“Under specific conditions, plastic bags of more than 50 micron thickness are allowed for products like milk. But, in such case the manufacturers are supposed to print buyback price on the bags. It will help the authorities collect the material.”
She said that the EPR is not new. It is there for the past two years. However, unfortunately most of the manufacturers and producers did not pay heed to it. Earlier in his opening remark, Mr Girdhari Mantri, Chairman of VIA CSR Forum, urged the MPCB officers to make the stakeholders aware of the recent development. “There is a sense of restlessness among the industrialists with regard to the ban.”
Highlighting the issues of industrialists, Mr Dilip Gandhi, Past President – VPIA, said that plastic traders all over the State are in deep trouble ever since the ban came into effect. Many rules are not very clear which is giving space to its mis-interpretations.”
Mr Suresh Rathi, Vice President of VIA, gave welcome remark while Mr Girdhari Mantri proposed the vote of thanks.
“Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)” as per new guidelines of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), a meeting will be held on Saturday, 4th August, 2018 at 3.00 pm at VIA Hall, Udyog Bhawan, Civil Lines, Nagpur – 440001.
Ms Hema Deshpande, Sub Regional Officer – MPCB, Nagpur will make presentation on it.
Members are requested to kindly send their issue / query related to EPR on or before 3rd Aug 2018 upto 4.00 pm to VIA : email@example.com.
Members and industries are requested to kindly attend the meeting positively.
Chairman – VIA CSR Forum
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