Crackdown soon on manufacture of plastic bags below 40 microns



PANAJI: Abiding by the directives of Central Pollution Control Board, the Goa State Pollution Control Board will soon start a drive against manufacture  of plastic bags below 40 microns.

As per the official records, there are about 14 registered plastic manufacturing units in the state, which mainly produce multilayered plastics, plastic bags, rolls and sheets. But there could be such plastic making units which operate illegally without the consent of the board.

Earlier this month, the CPCB directed all the state pollution control boards  under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, to shut down those authorised as well as unauthorised plastic manufacturing units that produce carry-bags having a thickness less than 40 microns.

The CPCB also asked the states to file a compliance report within three months.

The GSPCB has put up the file before the chairman and member secretary for their approval for the drive. However, sources from the board admitted to not having any specific data on unauthorised plastic manufacturing units to initiate action against them.

Those 14 plastic making units having board consent to operate under Plastic Manufacture, Sale and Usage Rules, 1999 are mainly located at Kundaim, Cacoda, St Jose de Areal, Canacona, Old Goa, Margao and Corlim.

GSPCB chairman Jose Manuel Noronha told The Navhind Times  that  acting upon the CPCB directives they would carry out the drive so as to ensure that no plastic bag less than 40 microns is manufactured in the state.

The job to regulate stocking, selling and distribution of plastic comes under municipalities, he said.

Expressing its concern over unbridled plastic use, the CPCB in its directives has stated that in accordance with the Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011, plastic carry-bags and other plastic films which are less than 40 microns should not be allowed to manufacture, as  it is leading to rampant littering and subsequent environmental and health

It also directed the municipal bodies to impose fine upto ` 1 lakh to ensure that there is no selling and stocking of plastic below 40 microns.

CPCB was also taken aback with the information provided by 13 SPCBs like Assam, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Puducherry and West Bengal in their annual report admitting that altogether 755 illegal plastic manufacturing units are involved in manufacturing banned below 40 micron plastics.