India Amends Waste Regulations

India to ban the import of plastic wastes

The regulations were established on April 2, 2016 to ensure resource recovery and disposal of hazardous waste in an environmentally sound manner.

The Indian government has amended The Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management & Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016

The regulations were established on April 2, 2016 to ensure resource recovery and disposal of hazardous waste in an environmentally sound manner.

For the first time, the rules included the provision to distinguish between hazardous waste and other wastes. The other wastes that comprise waste tyre, paper waste, metal scrap and used electronic items were recognised as a resource for recycling and reuse.

Whilst the changes clarify the position on end of life tyre imports, the story for plastics is very different. The Indian government says it will ban scrap plastic imports, a move that threatens to further disrupt the recycling sector by closing a growing market for waste plastics.

The recent order appears similar to regulations implemented by the Chinese government. China’s import prohibitions went into effect at the start of 2018.

The new Indian regulations are being enacted “in order to strengthen the implementation of environmentally sound management of hazardous waste in the country,” a release from the India environment ministry states.

This must raise a red flag for Western recyclers who use India to dispose of waste rather than recycling it domestically.

About the author

Ewan has been editor of Retreading Business since 2006 and of Tyre & Rubber Recycling since the magazine was founded. During this period he has become an expert on the global tyre recycling sector. He has many years' experience as an automotive journalist including a period at Tyres & Accessories.



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