NGT bans open waste burning

Announces a fine of Rs. 25,000 on each incident of bulk waste burning

Updated - December 23, 2016 03:20 am IST

Published - December 23, 2016 03:19 am IST - New Delhi:

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday imposed a complete ban on burning of waste in open places and announced a fine of Rs. 25,000 on each incident of bulk waste burning.

“We direct that there shall be complete prohibition on open burning of waste on lands, including at landfill sites.

“For each such incident, violators, including project proponent, concessionaire, any person or body responsible for such burning, shall be liable to pay environmental compensation of Rs. 5,000 in case of simple burning, while Rs. 25,000 in case of bulk waste burning,” a Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

Ban on PVC

While directing every State and Union Territory to enforce and implement Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, the green panel also asked the Environment Ministry and all States to pass appropriate directions in relation to the ban on short-life Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and chlorinated plastics within a period of six months.

“All State governments and Union Territories shall prepare an action plan in terms of the Rules of 2016 and the directions in this judgment within four weeks from the date of pronouncement. The action plan would relate to the management and disposal of waste in the entire State. The steps are required to be taken in a time-bound manner.

“Plants for processing and disposal of waste and selection and specifications of landfill sites which have to be constructed, be prepared and maintained strictly in accordance with the Rules of 2016,” the NGT said.

Waste segregation

It further held that non-biodegradable waste and non-recyclable plastic should be segregated from the landfill sites and used for construction of roads and embankments in all road projects.

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