Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding use of plastic in packaging, India, 10/09/2020

  • 10/09/2020

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Him Jagriti Uttaranchal Welfare Society Vs Union of India & Others dated 10/09/2020.

Issue for consideration is restriction on use of plastic bottles and multi layered plastic packages used for packaging of carbonated soft drink and liquor as well as other items, in view of the adverse impact on the environment and health.

The NGT in its order of October 10, 2019 had directed the FSSAI, BIS, CPCB, DGHS and MoEF&CC to take action and furnish a report. When the matter was again taken up on July 28, 2020 no report was filed by the FSSAI, BIS, CPCB and DGHS. Only report filed by the MoEF&CC on February 2, 2020 was that the issue of single use plastic was referred to the Committee of Secretaries which was yet to take further decision. The NGT September 10 expressed its displeasure at the delay in submission of the report. The court directed the authorities - FSSAI, DGHS, MoEF&CC, the CPCB and the BIS to file a report before October 14, 2020.