India India’s Goa Passes Non-Biodegradable Garbage Bill

India’s Goa Passes Non-Biodegradable Garbage Bill

India’s Goa state cabinet has passed the Goa Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) (Amendment) Act, 2023 on August 1, 2023. The bill seeks to amend the Goa Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, 1996, of which its enforcement date is set to be notified in another matter. The bill clarifies definitions of producers, importers and brand owners, as well as mandating collection of non-biodegradable waste. Aluminium and Glass were also included as non-biodegradable garbage.


Below are the important definitions in the act and bill.

Brand owner A person or a company who manufactures and sells any commodity under a registered brand label
Importer A person who imports non-biodegradable packaging product or products
Producer Person engaged in manufacture or import of products made of non-biodegradable materials for packaging or wrapping the commodity
Occupier Includes:

  • Any person who for the time being is paying or is liable to pay to the owner the rent or any portion of the rent of the land or building in respect of which such rent is paid or is payable
  • An owner in occupation of or otherwise using his land or building
  • A rent-free tenant of any land or building
  • Any person who is liable to pay to the owner damages for the use and occupation of any land or building


Under the amended Section 5, brand owners, producers, importers and occupiers are required to collect non-biodegradable waste from their respective land, buildings or locality, and deposit in places notified by the government (to be determined later).


Including aluminium and glass, there are 15 total non-biodegradable wastes notified by the state:

  • Polyethylene
  • Polycarbonate
  • Polypropylene
  • Polystyrene
  • Polyziny1 Chloride (PVC)
  • ABS
  • Acetal
  • Acrylic
  • Cellulose Acetate
  • Cellulose Acetate Butyrate
  • Nylon
  • Styrofoam
  • Inter waste
  • Glass
  • Aluminium



Download the bill here:

For reference, also download the Goa Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, 1996 here:,connected%20therewith%20or%20incidental%20thereto.&text=India%20as%20follows%3A%E2%80%94-,1.,(Control)%20Act%2C%201996

Author / Responsibility

AOKI Kenji

Senior Consultant, EnviX Ltd.
General Director, E&H Consulting Co., Ltd.

Business Performance

Expertise in EHS (environment, health and safety) consulting in ASEAN region.
- Environmental regulations updating
- Chemical regulations consulting


MSc in Earth Science, The University of Tokyo

AOKI Kenji