To protect public health and the environment, the Ministry of the Environment, Forests, and Climate Change (MOEFCC) published on March 18, 2016, the regulation on plastic waste disposal 2016 in RSG 320 (E). These rules replace the old 2011 Plastic waste (management and handling) rules and apply to all waste generators, recyclers, manufacturers, importers and manufacturers, traders, sellers, and users of plastic bags, plastic sheets, or similar or lids in plastic sheets and multilayer containers.

Manufacturers, recyclers and manufacturers registration

  • Every manufacturer, and recycler of plastic bags or recycled plastic bags or multilayer packaging must be done before the start of production. Any application for registration renewal must be submitted at least 120 days before the expiration of the registration certificate.
  • Requirements for manufacturers, importers and brand owners
  • Existing producers will have a period of six months from March 18, 2016, to identify the modalities of the waste collection systems that are the responsibility of the expanded producers and will involve the urban development services of the State, individually or collectively. through its distribution channel or interested local authorities.
  • The collection of used multilayer plastic bags or envelopes or packaging is the primary responsibility of manufacturers, importers, and brand owners. A system must exist to collect your product waste, and a plan for such a system must be submitted to national environmental protection agencies pending approval of the facility, operation, or service. renewal.
  • The production and use of non-recyclable multilayer plastics must be discontinued within two years.
  • The existing manufacturer must apply for registration to the pollution control office or pollution control committee of the states concerned or the administration of the Union territories concerned within three months of the day 18. March 2016.
  • No manufacturer may manufacture or use plastic or multilayer packaging for the packaging of goods after six months from March 18, 2016, without the consent of the competent authority or national pollution control committees. pollution control. You’ve been registered.
  • Each manufacturer must keep records of the person involved in the supply of plastic that is used as a raw material for the manufacture of transport bags or plastic sheets or the like, or plastic sheet lids or multilayer packaging.

Requirements for the waste generator

  • Steps must be taken to minimize the creation of plastic waste. Sorting of plastic waste at the source should be done under the 2000 solid waste management standards. Separated waste should be handed over to the local municipal administration or the Gramm Panchayat or their designated agencies or registered garbage collectors. registered recyclers or at waste collection points.
  • All institutional producers of plastic waste must separate and store the waste they generate following the Municipal Waste Regulation (Management and Handling) 2000 and deliver the waste classified by themselves or at the treatment or disposal facilities. approved waste disposal or at disposal centers through the authorized waste collection point.

Annual report

Any company involved in the recycling or treatment of plastic waste must submit an annual report on Form IV to the corresponding local authority before April 30 of each year.

Marking or labeling

For plastic bags and multilayer packaging, the following information must be printed in English:

  1. Name, manufacturer’s registration number and thickness of the carrying bag;
  2. Name and registration number of the manufacturer in the case of multilayer containers; and
  3. Name and certificate number [Rule 4 (h)] for compostable plastic bags.

The recycled tote bag must have a “Recycled” label or mark to comply with the Indian standard IS 14534: 1998 entitled “Guidelines for Recycling Plastics”. Besides, each compostable plastic bag must be labeled “compostable” and comply with the Indian standard IS or ISO 17088: 2008 entitled “Specifications for Compostable Plastics”.

The manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and use of transport bags, plastic films or similar or plastic film covers and multilayer packaging for importers must be subject to the following conditions:

(These rules do not apply to export-oriented units or units located in special economic zones that have been notified by the central government and manufacture their products against an export order.)

  • Transport bags and plastic containers must be natural in color without the addition of pigments or made only of pigments and dyes that conform to the Indian standard IS 9833: 1981 entitled “List of pigments and dyes to be used in plastics. in contact with food “, medicines and drinking water”;
  • Tote bags made from recycled plastic or products made from recycled plastic cannot be used to store, transport, serve or wrap ready-to-eat or ready-to-drink food.
  • The virgin or recycled plastic carry bag should be no less than fifty microns thick.
  • The plastic sheets or similar that are not an integral part of the multilayer containers and the covers of the plastic sheets used for packaging, should not have a thickness of fewer than fifty micrometers unless the thickness of said sheets does not affect the plastic. the functionality of the product;
  • The manufacturer cannot sell, supply, or order plastic for use as raw material for a manufacturer without valid registration with the competent national pollution control authorities or the pollution control committee.
  • The recycling of plastic waste must comply with the Indian standard IS 14534: 1998, which is titled as guidelines for the recycling of plastics in the version currently in force.
  • The thickness specification should not apply to compostable plastic bags. Compostable plastic bags must comply with the Indian standard IS 17088: 2008 entitled “Specifications for Compostable Plastics” in the current version.
  • Manufacturers or sellers of compostable plastic bags must obtain a certificate from the Central Pollution Control Office before marketing or selling them. and
  • Plastics in any form, including vinyl acetate copolymer, maleic acid, and vinyl chloride, should not be used in any packaging to package Gutkha, Pan Masala, and tobacco in any form. it is.


  • Institutional waste generator: residents of institutional buildings, p. Ex. B. Buildings inhabited by central government departments, state government departments, public or private sector companies, hospitals, schools, colleges, universities, or other educational institutions or organizations, academies, hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, and shopping complexes.
  • Manufacturer: persons involved in the manufacture or importation of transport bags or multilayer packaging or plastic films or the like, including branches of industry or persons using plastic films or the like or covered with plastic films or multilayer packaging to wrap or wrap the merchandise.
  • Manufacturer: a person, entity, or agency that manufactures plastic raw materials for use as raw materials by the manufacturer.
  • Importer: a person who imports or wants to import and who has an importer-exporter code, unless expressly stated otherwise.
  • Multilayer packaging: any material used or intended to be used for packaging that has at least one layer of plastic as the main component in combination with one or more layers of material such as paper, cardboard, polymeric materials and metalized layers of aluminum foil, in the form of a laminated or coextruded structure.
  • Extended Producer’s Responsibility: the responsibility of the manufacturer for the environmentally sound management of the product until the end of its useful life.
  • Plastic: a material that, as an essential component, contains a high polymer material such as polyethylene terephthalate, high-density polyethylene, vinyl, low-density polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene resins, multi-materials such as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, oxide polyphenylene, polycarbonate, polybutylene terephthalate.
  • Transport bags: plastic or compostable plastic bags that are used for the transport or delivery of freestanding goods, but do not contain bags that are an integral part of the packaging in which the goods are sealed before use.
  • Plastic sheet: It means a sheet of plastic.
  • Plastic waste: It means any plastic discarded after use or after its intended use ends.