On January 27, 2021, India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) published “Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Amendment Rules, 2021”. In this amendment, the import of polyethylene waste and polymethyl methacrylate resin generated in the production process are permitted by companies located in special economic zones designated by the central government and 100% export-oriented companies.
For polyethylene waste generated in the production process, imports will only be permitted for companies that are at least 50% export oriented for a period of 18 months from the implementation of the amended rules or until a date to be determined based on an audit conducted to ascertain the impact of imports (whichever period is longer).
In addition, “B3010 post-industrial or pre-consumer polyethylene waste Polymethyl Methacrylate” was added to Schedule III Part B (List of other wastes for which prior notification and consent procedures are not required (equivalent to Annex IX of the Basel Convention)).
In this revision, textile wastes have been changed from Schedule III Part B to Part D (List of other wastes not requiring permission of MoEFCC (equivalent to Annex IX of Basel Convention)).
The original text of the amendment rules can be downloaded from the following URL (in Hindi and English).