Hearing a plea filed by a 16-year-old boy to cease Amazon and Flipkart from extreme plastic use in packaging, the National Green Tribunal mentioned it’s for the regulator CPCB to implement the rules.
Advocate Balendu Shekhar, showing for CPCB, informed the bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel in regards to the non-compliance of plastic waste administration rules by the e-commere giants, saying the e-commerce companies want to fulfil their prolonged producer duty below the rules.
They use extreme plastics for packaging however haven’t registered with CPCB, Shekhar mentioned, including the businesses ought to receive registration as model proprietor after submitting related paperwork.
Advocate Sanjay Upadhyay, showing for Amazon, informed the inexperienced tribunal they’ll adjust to all formalities on prolonged producer duty by June 30.
The bench, nevertheless, requested them to strategy the CPCB and posted the matter for listening to on April 22.
On Tuesday, the CPCB informed the NGT that as per provisions 9(2) of the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, “Primary duty for assortment of used multi-layered plastic sachet or pouches or packaging is of producers, importers and model house owners who introduce the merchandise out there.
“Amazon Retail India Private Limited and Flipkart Private limited are involved in packaging and selling of other companies’ products and thus introducing plastic packaging in the market. They need to fulfil their extended producer responsibility under PWM Rules and should obtain registration as brand owner after submitting proper documents,” CPCB mentioned.
Aditya Dubey, the petitioner within the case by means of advocate Divya Prakash Pande, has pleaded the NGT to direct Amazon and Flipkart to cease extreme use of plastic in packaging.
Responding to the plea, Amazon India mentioned it has been “relentlessly” working to scale back single-use plastic in its provide chain and is dedicated to eliminating its utilization of their buildings by June 2020.
“Towards this, we have introduced ‘paper cushions’, which have completely replaced plastic dunnage across our fulfilment centres in India. We also ensure that packaging material in the form of corrugate boxes and paper cushions contains as high as 100% recycled content and is also fully recyclable. To reduce packaging waste and use of plastic, ‘Packaging Free Shipment’ (PFS) has now expanded to 20 cities within a year,” an Amazon India spokesperson mentioned Tuesday.
Flipkart mentioned it has been “constantly striving to find eco-friendly alternatives for plastic packaging which is resilient and keeps the product safe during transit”.
“The company firmly believes in the principle of ‘business with a purpose’ and we are aware of our responsibility towards the environment,” a Flipkart spokesperson mentioned.
Dubey’s plea has contended that the businesses ship gadgets in cardboard containers, that are too massive when put next to the dimensions of the gadgets being delivered.
The plea has additionally mentioned that although the home-delivery service of e-commerce firms have been very helpful for shoppers, they’ve given rise to critical environmental challenges. Once items are delivered, the plastic waste is thrown away in rubbish and it finally ends up at landfill websites, it mentioned.
“Single-use plastic has emerged as one of the biggest environmental challenges for our planet. It is cheap, useful, ubiquitous and very deadly,” the petition has mentioned.