Pune: The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has come up with a policy decision on creating an extended producer responsibility (EPR) fund by accepting contributions from multi-layer packaging brand owners for the collection and disposal of multilayer packaging of goods. The fund will be created before August 15.
Sameer Joshi, a member of CM’s Plastic Task Force, told Sakal Times that plastic is banned across 25 states in India, but Maharashtra will be the first state where the EPR fund will be implemented.
Joshi said, “The multilayer packaging brand owner has to create a separate account in any bank and deposit 0.25 paise per pack of goods, which will be used for EPR. This system is followed all over the world, especially in Europe, where it is strictly implemented and followed.”
“This particular rule of making an independent fund by multi-layer packaging brand owners by which they can make awareness, collect and dispose it, is already mentioned in the Government Resolution (GR) of SG on Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016. But it will be put into action and implemented for the first time in the State soon,” Joshi said.
Vijay Habbu, another member of the Plastic Task Force, said, “This system is used worldwide and it is successful. Once this system is strictly followed and implemented in the State, then the problem of collecting and disposing of multi-layer packaging will slowly reduce. Disposing of the multi-layer packaging is not like disposing of plastic material. To dispose off the multi-layer packaging material, it has to be burnt in a cement factory. Also, they are not often collected by the waste pickers because they fetch less amount from the scrap dealer. This system will make the brand owner himself appoint a particular person for collection and disposing it, which will reduce the multi-layer packaging waste in the environment.”
There is no proper clarification yet whether 0.25 paise is justified for every kind of multilayer packaging EPR system.
Commenting on it, Joshi said, “The State Government or MPCB will soon come up with more clarification, as to what kind of multi-layer packaging needs what amount as EPR fund. This was earlier discussed in one of the Plastic Task Force meetings. Soon the clarification will be released.”