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West Bengal Pollution Control Board

Recycled Plastic Managment

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  • Under the provisions of 'Recycled Plastics Manufacture and Usage Rules, 1999', the WBPCB banned use, sale and manufacture of plastic carry bags of less than 20m thickness.
  • In exercise of the powers conferred under the Water and the Air Acts, WBPCB have imposed a blanket ban on plastic carry bags for the ecologically sensitive areas, i.e. hill areas, forest areas and coastal areas of the state.
  • The Board has banned the entry, use and sale of plastic carry bags in 39 heritage/tourist sites of the state.
  • The MoEF issued the 'Recycled Plastics Manufacture and Usage (Amendment) Rules, 2003' stating that no carry bags whose dimensions are less than 8 inches X 12 inches (20 X 30 cms) can be manufactured, stored, distributed or used.
  • The use of plastic carry bags, cups and containers less than four inches in height and 40 microns in thickness have been banned in most government buildings in West Bengal including Writers' Building, Kolkata.
  • The WBPCB banned the entry, use and sale of plastic carry bags within the campus of Viswa Bharati Viswa Vidyalaya, areas under Sriniketan-Santiniketan Development Authority and areas under Bolpur Municipality in Birbhum district of West Bengal
  • The WBPCB conducts consistent raids in the premises of plastic carry-bags' manufacturing units and wholesalers as well as the shops and establishments dispensing carry bags for carrying their merchandise. 
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