AGRA: With an aim to curb the rising pollution in Yamuna, the Agra district administration has decided to strictly implement the ban on use of polythene in the city.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of M/s Goodwill Plastic Industries & Others Vs Union Territory Chandigarh & Others dated 08/08/2013 regarding prohibition of usage, manufacture, storage, import, sale or transportation of
polythene/plastic carry bags in the U.T. of Chandigarh.

SHILLONG: The State Government has decided to be more vigilant on the use of plastic bags to safeguard the greenery of the hilly state.
Urban Affairs minister, Ampareen Lyngdoh on Tuesday convened a meeting with officials of the Shillong Municipal Board, Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board, district administration and police officers and decided to be more vigilant in this regard from October 2.

The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) notified the draft
"Plastics (Manufacture, Usage and Waste Management) Rules, 2009" to replace the Recycled Plastics Manufacture and Usage Rules, 1999 (amended in 2003) to regulate the manufacture and usage of plastic carry bags. The draft rules were widely published for public comments.

These rules may be called the Plastics (Manufacture, Usage and Waste Management) Rules, 2009. They shall come in to force on the date of their final publication in the Official Gazette.

Ever wondered what happens to all the waste you generate and where it goes after it is mindlessly dumped? Reports indicate that a good 99 per cent of people have never bothered or even know what happens thereafter. The responsibility of collection of waste obviously has to rest with the municipal board of the city.

The PIL filed by INFORSE-IDL in Madras High Court, asking for a complete ban on manufacture, trading and use of 'use & throw plastic products & carry bags upto 150 microns thickness (both virgin & recycled) and kudams/containers made of recycled plastics.

A rule notified in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (viii) of Sub Section (2) of Section 3 read with Section 25 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986) with the objective to regulate the manufacture and use of recycled plastics, carry bags and containers.