The Plastic waste management by the urban local bodies in their respective jurisdiction shall be as under: – a. Plastic waste, which can be recycled, shall be channelized to registered plastic waste recycler and recycling of plastic shall conform to the Indian Standard: IS 14534:1998 titled as Guidelines for Recycling of Plastics, as amended from time to time; b. Local bodies shall encourage the use of plastic waste (preferably the plastic waste which cannot be further recycled) for road construction as per Indian Road Congress guidelines or energy recovery or waste to oil etc. The standards and pollution control norms specified by the prescribed authority for these technologies shall be complied with; c. Thermo set plastic waste shall be processed and disposed of as per the guidelines issued from time to time by the Central Pollution Control Board; and d. The inert from recycling or processing facilities of plastic waste shall be disposed of in compliance with the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2000 or as amended from time to time. Definition of Thermoset Polymer including SMC/FRP Plastic waste:
Thermoset plastic when cured by heat or other means, changes into a substantially infusible or insoluble product. The thermoset polymer is a kind of plastic, which due to its composite chemical structure can’t be re-molded / recycled. The thermoset plastic discarded after use are accumulated & landfilled. The SMC/FRP products are a kind of thermoset plastics commonly made from composites of glass fibers embedded in polyester resin, vinyl ester resin, epoxy resins etc.
The Plastic Waste Management (PWM) shall be as under; (a) recycling, recovery or disposal of plastic waste shall be carried out as per the rules, regulations and standards stipulated by the central government from time to time; (b) recycling of plastics shall be carried out in accordance with the Indian Standard IS 14534:1998 titled as Guidelines for Recycling of Plastics, as amended from time to time; (c) the Municipal Authority shall be responsible for setting up, operationalisation and coordination of the waste management system and for performing the associated functions, namely:- (i) to ensure safe collection, storage, segregation, transportation, processing and disposal of plastic waste; (ii) to ensure that no damage is caused to the environment during this process; (iii) to ensure setting up of collection centres for plastic waste involving manufacturers; (iv) to ensure its channelisation to recyclers; (v) to create awareness among all stakeholders about their responsibilities; (vi) to engage agencies or groups working in waste management including waste pickers, and (vii) to ensure that open burning of plastic waste is not permitted; (d) for setting up plastic waste collection centres, the Municipal Authority may ask the manufacturers, either collectively or individually in line with the principle of Extended Producer’s Responsibility (EPR) to provide the required finance to establish such collection centre recyclers shall ensure that recycling facilities are in accordance with the Indian Standard: IS 14534:194 titled as Guidelines for Recycling of Plastics and in compliance with the rules under the Environment (Protection) Ad, 1986, as amended from time to time.