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WASTE MINIMISATION PUSH

UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS | NITI AAYOG CALLS FOR WASTE MINIMIZATION PUSH | 05TH JULY | ECONOMIC TIMES

SYLLABUS SECTION: GS III (ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY)

WHY IN THE NEWS?

Recently, in its report titled ‘Alternative Products and Technologies to Plastics and their Applications’, NITI Aayog said that there is a need to strengthen waste minimization push through extended producer responsibility.

KEY DETAILS:

  • India produces approximately 3.47 million tons of plastic waste  minimization push per annum, out of which only 60% is collecting for recycling.
  • Need to manage plastic waste, especially microplastics (plastic particles with size up to 5 mm) due to their increasing concentration on land, air and water bodies.
  • Informal sector and vulnerable groups significantly contribute to recycling waste.
  • Bioplastics need significant technology investment and scale to become a cost effective alternative.
  • Emerging technologies are developed to add additives for making plastics biodegradable polyolefins, such as polypropylene and polyethylene.

Recommendations:

  • Proper labelling and collection of compostable and biodegradable plastics.
  • Enhanced transparency in disclosing waste generation, collection, recycling or scientific disposal to bring accountability and avoid greenwashing.
  • Greenwashing is the practice of conveying a false impression or providing misleading information about a company’s products as environmentally sound.
  • Encouraging R&D and incentivizing the manufacturing sector.
  • Strengthening waste minimization through extended producer responsibility.
  • Updation of Standards under Schedule – I (PWM Rule)
  • Relaxation period for adoption of biodegradable plastics

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SOURCE: ECONOMIC TIMES

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