Waste dumping, burning refuse in open spaces to attract penal provisions

 Starting October 2, the state is set to take a giant stride in waste management. And those burning waste in the open and dumping refuse by the roadside will be penalised.

Published: 29th September 2019 04:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th September 2019 04:12 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Starting October 2, the state is set to take a giant stride in waste management. And those burning waste in the open and dumping refuse by the roadside will be penalised.
Though legal hurdles will prevent the state from severing its toxic relationship with single-use plastic items, it is learnt the government is planning to roll out a plastic buyback scheme within a few months.  

“By October 2, the state will bring the curtain down on awareness programmes against littering. From that day onwards those who are engaged in open waste burning and wayside dumping of waste will be penalised under the relevant laws,” said T N Seema, Haritha Keralam Mission vice-chairperson. 

According to her, the drive calls for people to make use of scientific waste management methods and desist from littering. 

While the drive is not all about penalising offenders, a system will be put in place at the district level under the chairmanship of respective District Collectors to monitor waste management and address related issues. 

“The government is firm on banning single-use plastic items. But before that, it should be ensured that alternative options like cloth bags are freely available. A report on the practicality of banning single-use plastic items is before the government and an announcement will be made in a few months,” said Seema. 

However, LSG Minister A C Moideen’s office said  the government is yet to consider the idea of imposing a blanket ban on single-use plastics.  “A discussion on these lines was held some time ago. But it has now been put on the back burner after it was challenged before the court. The government backs the idea of shredding plastic waste and using the same for road construction,” said an officer with the minister’s office. 

According to Philip P D, Suchitwa Mission director (operations),  the government is mulling legislation on extended producer responsibility on the industry to collect and recycle the plastic waste and introduce a plastic scheme to minimise the environmental fallout of waste materials. And the State Pollution Control Board will chalk out an action plan for the same, he said.

Stay up to date on all the latest Kerala news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp