Delhi: Agencies told to make time-bound plan to eliminate single-use plastic

Delhi : 16June, 2021 (Times of India)


NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has started working to eliminate single-use plastic in mission mode by 2022. At a recent meeting of the special task force chaired by the chief secretary, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and municipal corporations were directed to make time-bound action plans as per the plastic waste management (amended) rules 2016.
DPCC and urban local bodies have been asked to develop a plastic waste monitoring dashboard on their website showing daily generation, collection, segregation, recycling, processing and disposal at landfills. The dashboard, which will help in identification of gaps in the entire process, has to be set up by month-end.
“DPCC should make concerted efforts to ensure that all industrial units, which are functioning in Delhi and are falling within the purview of the Act, are registered within a prescribed time limit. DPCC should conduct awareness regarding registration of manufacturers, producers and recyclers to bring more producers into the registration net by August. Thereafter, DPCC should conduct a special enforcement drive in September and October against unregistered plastic manufacturing and recycling units,” said an official.

The chief secretary, during the meeting, highlighted the importance of all stakeholders to work together and evolve a pragmatic action plan with clear timelines and responsibilities.

“ULBs have been directed to assess gaps and submit a time-bound action plan to attain 100% segregation, collection, and recycling of recyclable fractions and processing of unrecyclable plastic waste fractions. Besides, ULBs have to constitute plastic waste task forces in each ULB headed by the respective commissioner and a plastic waste management cell in each ULB to closely monitor compliance of the rules,” according to the minutes of the meeting.
The environment department will have to submit an action plan towards creation of public movement in consultation with MCDs and the education department by month-end.