Putting in place another clampdown to check environmental damage, the state government has notified the Haryana Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Amendment Act, 2013.
The law is aimed at regulating the manufacture, sale, distribution, stock, usage, transport and disposal of non-biodegradable materials. It also prohibits throwing and depositing of non-biodegradable garbage in public drains, sewerage, roads and places open to public view.
“According to the amendment, non-biodegradable materials signify those which cannot be decomposed or degraded by microorganisms, sunlight or other natural actions. These include goods made of or manufactured from polythene, nylon or other plastic substances such as poly-vinyl chloride (PVC), poly-propylene and poly-styrene and also such other materials as specified by the state government through notifications from time to time,” said an official spokesperson of the government.
He said the state government might impose restriction or prohibition on the use, sale, stocking, distribution and transport of things made of non-biodegradable materials, which are contrary to the norms specified by the state government. As per the Act, any person empowered by the state government would have a right of inspecting of any unit for the purpose of determining whether directions served under this Act were being complied with.