New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to ensure that plastic bags less than 50 microns are not manufactured, stocked, sold and used within the country.
The tribunal also directed the CPCB to set up a special environment squad to oversee and ensure that plastic waste is not littered at historical public, and religious place and dumped in rivers, drains and the sea.
A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel asked the CPCB to check thermocol, polystyrne cups and plates, which are used extensively and littered, are properly regulated.
The NGT also asked the pollution board to ensure that unregistered plastic manufacturing and recycling units are not operating and no unit is running in non-conforming or residential areas.
The green court also asked the states and Union territories to submit their quaterly compliance report on plastic waste management to the pollution board in a cumulative format, failing which a compensation of Rs. 1 lakh per quarter shall be levied on them by the CPCB.