Steps Taken to Generate Awareness of Clean Environment Including Plastic Waste Management and Elimination of Single-Use Plastics
Management of Plastic Waste in Environmentally Sound Manner will help in the Reduction of Plastic Pollution
Union Government through various central ministries and government agencies has been involved in generating public awareness of a clean environment including plastic waste management and elimination of single-use plastics. The Central Government has allocated central share funds under Swachh Bharat Mission Urban (2014-2021) and Swachh Bharat Mission Urban 2.0 (2021 – 2026) for the creation of awareness and public participation in States/UTs. Some of the public awareness campaigns run by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change are given below:
- A three-phase campaign “Swachhta Hi Sewa” and a beach cleaning drive were taken up across 50 beaches in 2019
- “Awareness Campaign on Single-Use Plastic – 2021” was organized.
- A pan India essay writing competition on the theme of elimination of single-use plastics for spreading awareness amongst school students.
- To encourage innovation in the development of alternatives to identified single-use plastic items and digital solutions to plastic waste management, the India Plastic Challenge – Hackathon 2021, for students of higher education institutions and startups was organized.
- A series of awareness programmes to avoid the use of single-use plastics across the country, as part of Iconic Week celebrations from 4th to 10th October 2021, under AzadiKaAmritMahotsav.
- Prakriti – Mascot was launched on 5th April 2022. Three videos of PRAKRITI on the ban on single-use plastics have been made and translated into 19 languages. These have been shared with states and UTs for further dissemination.
- A dedicated webpage with all awareness material has been created for making available all information materials and videos for wider dissemination and use by stakeholders.
- An E-Pledge on Swachh Bharat Harit Bharat Green Pledge has been launched on the MyGov Platform for generating public movement amongst citizens on 5th April 2022.
Considering the adverse effect of littered single-use plastic items on terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems, the Ministry has notified the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021, on 12th August 2021, prohibiting identified single-use plastic items, which have low utility and high littering potential, with effect from 1st July 2022. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has also notified the Guidelines on the Extended Producer Responsibility for plastic packaging vide Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2022, on 16th February 2022.
All thirty-six States/UTs have constituted the Special Task Force under the Chairpersonship of Chief Secretary/Administrator for the elimination of single-use plastics and effective implementation of Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016. A National Level Taskforce has also been constituted by the Ministry in this regard. Twenty-one State /UT Governments and thirteen concerned Central Ministries/Departments have developed a comprehensive action plan for the elimination of single-use plastics and effective implementation of Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016. The Government of India provides additional central assistance to the States/UTs under the Swachh Bharat Mission for solid waste management including plastic waste management. Management of plastic waste in an environmentally sound manner will help in the reduction of plastic pollution.
The following online platforms were launched on 5th April 2022 for effective monitoring of the ban on identified single-use plastic items and plastic waste management in the country
- National Dashboard for monitoring of comprehensive action plan implementation,
- Centralized online Portal for Extended Producer Responsibility implementation,
- CPCB Monitoring Module for Compliance on Elimination of Single-Use Plastic, and
- CPCB Grievance Redressal App.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey in a written reply in Lok Sabha.
Disclaimer : This is an official press release by PIB.