National Green Tribunal asks Central Pollution Control Board to explain coercive steps taken against Amazon, & Flipkart

Team SoOLEGAL 22 Jun 2020 3:05pm

National Green Tribunal asks Central Pollution Control Board to explain coercive steps taken against Amazon, & Flipkart

The Chairperson of NGT Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said that apex pollution monitoring board did not mention anything about coercive steps which are to be taken in compliance with the provision of Environment Protection Act and Plastic Waste Management Rules. Central Pollution Control Board must inform to The National Green Tribunal about the coercive actions which are to be taken against Amazon and Flipkart for not following the rules and regulations of plastic waste management rules. According to National Green Tribunal coercive acts may require arrest, restitution of penalties under the 'Polluter Pays' principle. According to Central Pollution Control Board a full and clear document regarding the quantity of plastic consumption is still not submitted by Amazon and no reply of the conversation which took place between Flipkart and apex pollution monitoring body is being forwarded by Flipkart till date.

The above submission came in response after filing a plea by a 16 year old boy, with the help of an advocate Meenesh Dubey. In that plea the boy tried to terminate the excessive use of plastic in packaging by Amazon and Flipkart. The CPCB informed the court that, on 5 December 2019, Amazon Retail India submitted an application for registration under the plastic waste management rules for 2018, with Extended Producer Responsibility for the collection and channelling of 0.5 TPA plastic wastes.

Central Pollution Control Board said “However, vide letter dated December 6, 2019 Ms Instakart Services Pvt Ltd informed that Flipkart Pvt Ltd is their holding company registered in Singapore and Ms Instakart is engaged in the business of providing logistics and fulfilment services to group companies. Flipkart Pvt Ltd is required to submit an application for registration directly to the CPCB or provide requisite documents supporting its linkage with Instakart Services Pvt Ltd

According to Central Pollution Control Board it is compulsory to fulfil the extended producer responsibility by Amazon and Flipkart or any other e-commerce market under Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 and also a proper system must be established for recycling the plastic waste which is generated due to the packaging of the products.

Aditya Dubay, with the help of his legal guardian pleaded to the National Green Tribunal for a proper direction and put an end to the excessive use of plastic while packaging a particular product. The plea also stated that the packaging of the delivery boxes is too large when it is compared to the size of the item which is being delivered and as a result due to excessive use of plastics it has given rise to serious environmental challenges. 


Tagged: Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel   National Green Tribunal   Central Pollution Control Board   Amazon   Flipkart   Environment Protection Act   Plastic Waste Management  
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