After hearing the PIL filed in the case of single use plastic, the court has directed all the parties including the government to file their reply within four weeks. The court said that the producers, transporters and sellers should ensure to take back empty plastic bottles, chip wrappers etc.
The High Court has directed the manufacturers, transporters and sellers selling their products in plastic to get themselves registered with the Uttarakhand Pollution Control Board within ten days. The court said that if they do not register themselves, then the government should ban the sale of their products in the state.
The court has asked the government to dispose of the entire plastic waste and submit a report within three weeks. After hearing the PIL filed in the case of single use plastic, the court has directed all the parties, including the government, to file a reply within three weeks.
The hearing was held on a public interest litigation filed by Jitendra Yadav, a resident of Hawalbagh, Almora, before a division bench of Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice RC Khulbe. Jitendra had said in the petition that the state government had framed rules for the use and disposal of plastic in 2013. Those rules are not being followed.
In 2018, the Central Government had made Plastic Waste Management Rules, in which producers, transporters and sellers were given the responsibility to take back the empty plastic as much as they sell plastic manufactured goods. If not taken, then the concerned Municipal Corporation, Municipality and Panchayats will be given funds, so that they can dispose of it. This is also being violated in Uttarakhand. There are piles of plastic in mountainous areas and it is not being disposed of.
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The court said that the producers, transporters and sellers should ensure to take back empty plastic bottles, chip wrappers etc. If it is not taken back, then instead give funds to the Municipal Corporation, Municipality, Gram Panchayats and others so that they can dispose of it. The court has asked the State Legal Services Authority to monitor it. The court has also asked the state government to spread publicity about the ill-effects of plastic.