Plastic units closed, over 100 manufacturers register for EPR

Neha Basudkar
Thursday, 17 January 2019

Ravi Jashnani, President of Maharashtra Plastic Manufacturers Association, said, “From December 2018, the members of the association had several meetings with MPCB and Environment Ministry and had discussed the solutions for EPR mechanism and reopen the units. But both the governing authorities are turning a blind eye towards our plea and taking the issue very lightly.”

Pune: After the closure of plastic units, more than 100 owners have registered for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). Dilip Khedekar, Regional Officer of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), said that, even after getting time till March 2018 to register for EPR, the owners of plastic industries did not register for it. Now that they have registered, a committee will be formed soon to scrutinise EPR forms. Till then, the units will remain closed.

Ravi Jashnani, President of Maharashtra Plastic Manufacturers Association, said, “From December 2018, the members of the association had several meetings with MPCB and Environment Ministry and had discussed the solutions for EPR mechanism and reopen the units. But both the governing authorities are turning a blind eye towards our plea and taking the issue very lightly.”

Nikhil Rathi, Secretary of the Association, said, “The ministry is not able to understand that several people have been unemployed from more than two months. The ministry should give us proper guidelines for EPR mechanism for which we can comply for it.” 

Khedekar, said, “The Ministry of Environment had given owners of plastic industries owners time till March 2018 to register, but they did not comply. Hence, the ministry has given us the orders to close the units. But now, after we closed the units, more than 100 people had registered for EPR. Soon, a committee will be formed and scrutinise the applications of registered EPR. Till then, the owners have to keep the units shut.”

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