WeCare with The Policy Times is organizing a WeCare Policy Dialogue Series on ‘Single-Use Plastics: LET’S DEMYSTIFY’ The Third Regional Conference – Western India of the WeCare Policy Dialogue Series was scheduled on Friday 1st April 2022 where 300 industry leaders from SPCBs, ULBs, Industry, NGOs, Brands, Institutions from across the country participated. The successful launch was in presence of Shri Kaushal Kishore, Hon’ble Minister of State for Housing and Urban affairs Govt. of India, Shri Rohit Monserrate, Hon’ble Mayor, Corporation of Panaji Goa, Dr. Shamila Monteiro, Member Secretary of Goa State Pollution Control Board, Shri Nandkumar Namdev, Regional Officer, HQ Technical, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board.
In the inaugural session Shri Kaushal Kishore, Hon’ble Minister of State for Housing and Urban affairs Govt. of India shared his ideas about the responsibilities of citizens’ participation. Under the leadership of the Prime Minister, an attempt has been made to make India of his dreams, resulting the launch of the Swachhata App. Complaints of more than 2 crore people have been resolved through the Swachhata App. The Government aims to make a garbage-free city by mobilizing the people. Last year in October 2021, our Prime Minister launched Amrit 2. 0 with SBM-U 2.0, and 100 smart cities were selected. In SBM 1.0 the 500 cities were selected. Every day we can create plastic awareness through social media campaigns.
Shri Rohit Monserrate, Hon’ble Mayor, Corporation of Panaji said that Goa is the smallest state in India and also the largest generator of Single-Use Plastic. He added that they are part of the smart city mission that the Prime Minister launched. Pangem has the Policy of zero waste to landfill. Panaji is the first city to pay citizens in the waste. Now they have decentralised segregation centres. He further said that they are trying to segregate their waste with local super markets.
Ms. Kristin Hughes, Director, Global Plastic Action Partnership, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Geneva shared that the World Economic Forum will be launching a partnership program with the state of Maharashtra and also working closely with the Government. She added that thier aim is to support governments with the development of action road maps, achieving a circular economy and zero waste plastic pollution. A global plastic partnership roadmap aims to ensure that informal sector workers and those who form an integral part of the roadmap’s implementation can be transformed through specific behavioural change and gender mainstreaming.
In the next session, Shri Nandkumar Namdev, Regional Officer, HQ Technical, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board explained that plastic waste management is a major challenge in the country. Maharashtra is a pioneer state in banning plastic items. Another important feature of the Maharashtra Plastic ban is economics. He also mentioned that every plastic waste producer has the buyback price on their plastic products. The Pollution Control Board has authorised 21 different government authorities. Also collected more than Rs. 10 crore fine from Maharashtra last two years. Maharashtra took some initiatives and direction to brand owners. Create a separate EPR fund. 15 paisa per bottle. 12 PROs collecting the plastic waste behalf of the brand owners. In last 2 years, Maharashtra 46 thousand plastic was co-processed in the cement industries.
Dr. Shamila Monteiro, Member Secretary of Goa State Pollution Control Board shared her experience how they dealt with the single-use of plastic. Goa is one of the first states to have the non-biodegradable garbage control Act. Goa generates around 20,000 plastic waste in the country. Government is engaged to draft the EPR policy. Government has also roped in some industries which will make plastic films.
Dr. Sangeeta Hasnale, Dy. Municipal Commissioner(SWM) Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said that Mumbai Pollution Control Board had various sessions with sellers, shopkeepers, hawkers, etc, that way they integrated IC activity. 200 metric tons of plastic is daily collected and sent to a research plant.
Mr. Ashish Jain – Director – Indian Pollution Control Association(IPCA) shared his views about India Government has the best policy related to solid waste management. Delhi pollution control board also took various initiatives. they have started campaigns for the sanitary officers who randomly go to the retailers or wholesalers to check they are using single-use plastic. I-Pac also organises various awareness campaigns with different stakeholders and a plastic exchange program.
Mr. Mathew Jose, Founder & CEO Papperman Shared his view on segregation of waste and infrastructure that has gone into supporting segregation activities.
Mr. Anurag Tiwari, Co-founder of Rekart Pvt. Ltd. stressed the need to integrate the alternatives and phasing out the single-use plastic.
In the last session, Prof Paramita Dey, Head (Resources and Waste) National Institute Of Urban Affairs briefed that India produces more than 25,000 tons of plastic waste daily. The implementation of government policies, regulation and commitments for a circular economy of plastics. The National Institute Of Urban Affairs needs to do more work. They completed 154 workshops. As an initiative of capacity building on the Swachh Bharat Mission, the use of upcycle and recycle products were discussed during the workshops.
Dr. M.Abdul Kader, Principal Director & Head CIPET: IPT-AHMEDABAD briefed how to recycle plastics. Plastic is not a degradable material. The making is plastic is to make it useful for long life. CIPET also does lots of research on the development of newer plastics for very specific applications. CIPET also conducts research on how to recycle plastice effectively.
Ms. Natasha Zarine, Co- Founder & MD EcoSattva and Carpe talked about post consumer waste and the stakeholders who are handling it. Lots of cities have shown but there are lots of supports and hand holding. The EPR, plastic waste management rules, PIBOs all should be jumping into supporting the municipal bodies to their abilities to provide doorstep collection of segregated waste.
This is followed by the last session addressed by Shri Amit Dubey –Project Coordinator (Swachh Bharat Mission) Indore Municipal Corporation, Mr. Debartha Banerjee– Co-founder and Director Sampurnearth, Mr. Rakesh Mishra, Head, Mishra Traders C/O Environment Care Solution.