Recycled Plastic Waste

Obligation on the part of entrepreneur under Recycled Plastics Manufacture, Sale & Usage Rules, 1999 as Amended in 2003

The Recycled Plastics Manufacture & Usages (Amendment) Rules, 1999 as amended to date are applicable to every manufacturer, stockiest, distributor or seller of carry bags containers made of virgin or recycled plastic. These rules have been framed to regulate the manufacture, sale and usage of virgin or recycled plastic bags/containers.

The Punjab Pollution Control Board has been designated as authority for the enforcement of the provisions of rules related to manufacture and recycling of plastic carry bags/ containers, whereas, the District Collector/Deputy Commissioner of the concerned district has been designated as authority for the enforcement of provisions of these rules related to the usage, collection, segregation, transportation and disposal of recycled plastic carry bags/containers.

No vendor shall use carry bags or containers made of recycled plastics for storing, carrying, dispensing or packaging of foodstuffs. However, the provisions of these rules shall not apply to the manufacture of carry bags exclusively for export purposes against an order for export received by the owner or occupier of the concerned manufacturing unit.

Subject to the provisions of Rule 4, any person may manufacture carry bags or containers made of plastics if the following conditions are satisfied, namely:

  • Carry bags and containers made of virgin plastic shall be in natural shade or white;
  • Carry bags and containers made of recycled plastic and used for purposes other than storing and packaging foodstuffs shall be manufacture & using pigments and colourants as per IS:9833:1981 entitled "List of pigments and colourants for use in plastics in contact with foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals and drinking water"
  • No person shall manufacture, stock, distribute or sell carry bags made of virgin or recycled plastic bags which are less than 8x12 inches (20x30 cms) in size and 20 micron in thickness.
  • No vendor shall use carry bags made of recycled plastic for storing, carrying, dispensing or packaging of foodstuffs.
  • No vendor shall use containers made of recycled plastics for storing, carrying, dispensing or packaging of foodstuffs.

The minimum weight of 50 carry bags made of virgin or recycled plastics shall be 105 gms ± 5% variation and the carry bags of larger size shall be of the proportionate increase in weight.

Recycling of plastics shall be undertaken strictly in accordance with the Bureau of Indian Standards specification: IS: 14534:1998 entitled "The Guidelines for Recycling of Plastics".

Subject to the provisions of Rule 4 & 5, manufacturers of recycled plastic carry bags having printing facilities shall code/mark carry bags and containers as per Bureau of Indian Standards Specification: IS:14534 entitled "The Guidelines for Recycling of Plastics" and the end product made out of recycled plastics shall be marked as "recycled" along with the indication of the percentage of use of recycled material. Other manufactures, who do not have printing facilities, shall comply with the condition within one year of publication of these rules. The Manufacturer shall print on each packet of carry bags as to whether these are made of "recycled material" or of "virgin material".

Without prejudice to the provisions mentioned in Rule 3, the Plastics Industry Association, through their member units shall undertake self-regulatory measures.