Amazon and Filpkart to be fined for excessive use of Plastics

Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to conduct an environmental audit and book Amazon and Flipkart for any violations

A 16 years-old boy, Aditya Dubey filed a plea through advocate Meenesh Dubey against the excessive use of plastic by companies like Amazon and Facebook.
The plea read, “The e-commerce companies are covered under the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016. But due to a lack of monitoring and implementation, the respondents continue to use excessive amounts of plastic in wrapping and packaging their sold items. To ensure that the sold items do not move around in the outsized boxes, they wrap the items in multiple layers of plastic sheets and plastic bubble wraps and thereafter fill the large empty spaces in the boxes with additional sheets of single-use plastic. Single-use plastic has emerged as one of the biggest environmental challenges for our planet. It is cheap, useful, ubiquitous and very deadly. The fact that it’s non-biodegradable and is recycled in very small percentages means that our planet with passage of time is becoming a big dumping ground for single-use plastic, which breaks down into smaller fragments known as microplastics and then contaminates soil and water.”
After the plea, the National Green Tribunal asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to conduct an environmental audit and book Amazon and Flipkart for any violations. The bench said, “The CPCB can also consider ordering environmental audit against the concerned entities and assess and recover compensation for violation of environmental norms, following due process of law.”

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