NEW DELHI: Even as the Delhi High Court has directed the city government to form a panel of experts to look into a possible ban on plastic bags here, the latter has virtually admitted that the plastic menace is likely to stay.
As a step towards reducing the menace, the government has suggested the introduction of “buy back offers” for consumers who are purchasing the same products in plastic packets.
“This will facilitate reduction in littering and at the same time the manufacturer can recycle and effectively work out a collection and disposal system,” the Delhi government informed the High Court recently in a case pertaining to the plastic menace in the city.
Such a system is currently followed in the case of lead- acid batteries, for which a collection mechanism has been made mandatory for manufacturers, importers, assemblers and dealers under the Batteries (Management and Handling) Rules 2001.
Violation of the rules would attract penalties and a jail term.
Regarding the Central Pollution Control Board’s recommendation that extended producer responsibility be fixed for disposal of post-consumer plastic waste, the Delhi government has passed the buck to the Central government.
“This has to be done at the national level by the Central government,” said an official.