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Uncollected plastic waste a time bomb: SC

The Indian Express, New Delhi, 4th April, 2013

The Supreme Court Wednesday described the "frightening" quantity of undisposed and ubiquitously strewn plastic waste as a "time bomb," while expressing deep concerns if municipal authorities across the country were acting efficiently on waste disposal plans.

"We are sitting on a time bomb waiting to explode. Uncollected plastic waste is spread everywhere. They are dumped indiscriminately along the railway tracks. All authorities should appreciate that this is an issue that does not just affect the present generation but also the coming generations," said the SC bench.

It has now asked the Central Pollution Control Board and its state counterparts to explain if they were able to manage the plastic wastes generated everyday in accordance with requirements. The bench also issued notices to municipal commissioners of Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Agra, Kolkata, Jaipur and Faridabad to file affidavits within four weeks on implementation of waste management plans. The bench was alarmed at the disclosure made by ASG Mohan Jain in his report, which revealed that plastic waste generation in India is 843.2 tonnes per day and the total quantum of plastic waste generated is 5.6 million tonnes per year.