Bombay High Court Urges Government Action On Plastic Flower Use

Bombay High Court Urges Government Action On Plastic Flower Use

Bombay High Court Urges Government Action On Plastic Flower Use

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Chetna Raja

In a significant move to address environmental concerns, the Bombay High Court has directed the Central and State governments to take decisive action against the use of plastic flowers with thicknesses of less than 100 microns. This directive follows a petition filed by the Growers Flowers Council, highlighting the environmental impact of these artificial flowers.

A division bench consisting of Chief Justice Devendra Kumar Upadhyaya and Justice Amit Borkar stressed the urgency of the matter, referencing a report from the International Association of Packaging Research Institutes. The report revealed that plastic flowers often exceed the permissible thickness, contributing to environmental degradation.

The court has instructed the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Central Pollution Control Board, and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to submit detailed affidavits within four weeks. Additionally, the petitioner has been asked to provide a rejoinder within a week.

The bench expressed disappointment over the exclusion of plastic flowers from previous notifications banning single-use plastic items. Chief Justice Upadhyaya queried the state’s approach, urging prompt action through an updated notification.

This legal intervention follows MPCB’s earlier prohibition on the production, stocking, distribution, and sale of various single-use plastic items, but notably excluding plastic flowers. The court’s directive reflects a growing judicial concern for environmental preservation in the face of escalating plastic waste.

The proceedings underscore a heightened scrutiny of environmental policies, signaling potential regulatory advancements in plastic usage. Stakeholders await further developments as the case progresses, anticipating stricter enforcement measures to safeguard India’s natural resources.

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