For not registering with The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), it has issued show cause notices for closure of operations to Flipkart and Patanjali Peya. In a report submitted to the National Green Tribunal, the CPCB has said the show cause notice has been issued as they have not responded to its communication on this matter.
The CPCB also noted that under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, show cause notice has been issued to these units on October 8, for closure of their operation and environment compensation for non-compliance of provisions of Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules 2018.
Four firms like Hindustan Coca-cola Beverages Pvt Ltd, Pepsico India Holding Pvt Ltd, Bisleri International Pvt Ltd, and Ms NourishCo Beverages Ltd are registered with CPCB, the NGT was informed.
According to CPCB they have not provided information for evidence based assessment of implementation of action plan for fulfilment of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) liability and the documents submitted by them have not been endorsed by State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) and accordingly, the show cause notice has been issued to these firms as well.
“Amazon Seller Service Pvt Ltd, Coca-Cola India Pvt Ltd, Parle Agro Pvt Ltd, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp Ltd have been recently granted registration by CPCB as Brand Owner/producer under Plastic Waste Management (PWM) Rules,2018”, the report stated.
However, they need to submit quarterly progress reports and comply with conditions stipulated in the registration certificate issued to them.
“Since, it will be for the first time that such an audit shall be conducted, a committee has been constituted to deliberate and suggest mechanism for conducting environmental audit as well as specify the agencies which can be engaged for such audits,” the CPCB added.
It also said directions under Section 5 of Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 has been issued to all SPCBs for identification of the Brand owners/ producers who are operating without registration from them and to take action against the defaulting units as per provisions of PWM Rules, 2018 which may include closure of their operations, and levying Environmental Compensation.
The NGT had directed the CPCB to recover penalty from Amazon and Flipkart for violating of environmental norms and conduct environmental audit.
Earlier, the CPCB had told the NGT that e-commerce giants need to fulfil their extended producer responsibility under the PWM Rules and need to establish a system for collecting back the plastic waste generated due to the packaging of their products.
The submission came in response to a plea filed by a 16-year-old boy who has approached the tribunal to stop e-commerce giants Amazon and Flipkart from excessive plastic use in their packaging.