The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India has notified the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016. As per the rules, plastic waste means any plastic discarded after use or after its intended use is over. The local body shall be responsible for the development and setting up of infrastructure for segregation, collection, storage, transportation, processing and disposal of the plastic waste.
As per the rules, carry bag made of virgin or recycled plastic, shall not be less than 50 micron in thickness. The persons engaged in manufacture or import of carry bags or multilayered packaging or plastic sheets or like shall obtain registration certificate from the State Pollution Control Board. The role of State Pollution Control Board is to enforce the provisions of these rules relating to registration, for the manufacture of plastic products and multilayered packaging and disposal of plastic wastes.
TNPCB is taking many initiaties to deal with the plastic wastes. Many awareness programmes were conducted by TNPCB to the general public and the Government bodies on the ill effects of plastics and the need to use alternatives to the "use and throw plastic" items. The Board is conducting plastic waste awareness programme in all districts periodically and meetings with local bodies, Plastic Manufacturer's Association to establish plastic waste collection centres. Chennai Corporation, Madurai Corporation and Dindigul municipalities have established plastic waste collection centres with shredders and these wastes are used for making plastic roads in Corporation maintained roads and local body roads. TNPCB encourages the units that come up with proposal to establish energy oriented units converting plastic waste to oils. The plastic waste collected are being utilised in cement kilns for co-processing, as energy resource.