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Business Standard Editorial Comment  |  Mumbai 

India’s track record in managing compares poorly with that of many other countries counted among the world’s major producers and consumers of plastic goods. This comes out clearly in the latest global Plastic Management Index, which ranks India 20th among 25 major plastic-producing nations. The dismal showing on this count is not due to any paucity of policies, laws, or regulations concerning this issue. Their enforcement is wanting. Going by the Central Pollution Control Board’s estimates, which some feel are conservative, the country produces 3.5 million tonnes of plastic waste every year. The per-head plastic generation, notably, has doubled in the past five years. But the infrastructure for proper handling and disposal of the used plastic stuff has not expanded in tandem. A sizable part of the plastic trash lands either at garbage dumping grounds or is scattered on roads, waterways, and other public places. The government is not unaware of it. In fact, it tacitly acknowledged this in parliament, in reply to a question, saying that has become an important environmental challenge, adversely impacting both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

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First Published: Tue, December 21 2021. 22:32 IST
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