Effective date of Ban on Solid Plastic Waste Import Extended to 31 August 2019

[MoEF Office Memorandum dated 7 March 2019]

Sub: Prohibition of import of solid plastic waste as per Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Amendment Rules, 2019

This is to inform that the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has notified the Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Amendment Rules, 2019 vide notification G.S.R. 178(E) dated 01 March 2019. A copy of the notification is enclosed for your kind reference. As per the notification a complete prohibition of import of solid plastic waste (B3010) in the country has been made including units in Special Economic Zones(SEZ) and to the Export Oriented Units (EOU).

2.  In view of ongoing industrial activities in such units and to ensure smooth compliance of these norms, a window of six (06) months, i.e. up to 31st August, 2019 may be provided to the units operating in SEZ and EOU to comply with the prohibition of import of plastic scrap. During this period the units may be allowed the import of plastic scrap.

F. No. 23/4/2009-HSM