Maharashtra: Now, hazardous waste transport services must be registered with MPCB
IN ORDER to track and audit hazardous waste generation, transportation and recycling across the state, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has made it mandatory for industries and recyclers to register the transportation services they they use from the MPCB.
According to the council’s public notice, after May 31, only those associated with the MPCB will be allowed to transport hazardous waste.
Through this, MPCB aims to monitor the waste generated, transported by industries and treated and recycled. Currently, the MPCB does not have a mechanism in place for such an assessment.
The majority of waste is treated by the informal sector, which is illegal and dangerous if not treated properly. Through the new guidelines, the MPCB aims to include the informal sector in the process.
âIt is not possible for every industry to have its transport system or adequate vehicles. According to our latest directive, producers or recyclers must contact us, obtain a memorandum of understanding for their transport system or identify verified third-party carriers who will sign a memorandum of understanding with them (producers and recyclers), and a copy of it is shared with us. Only then will these carriers be licensed and we will be able to identify in which industries they collect hazardous waste, âsaid Nandkumar Gaurav, Regional Manager (Headquarters), MPCB in charge of waste management.
According to data from the MPCB, there are 7,116 industries in the state that generate hazardous waste. Of the total waste generated last year, 63 percent was recycled while 37 percent goes to landfills without proper treatment.
The Central Pollution Control Board defines as hazardous waste any waste which, due to characteristics such as physical, chemical, biological, reactive, toxic, flammable, explosive or corrosive, presents a danger or is likely to present a danger to health or to the environment. environment, alone or in contact with other wastes or substances. The central council has listed 38 industrial processes that generate hazardous waste, namely chemical residues, oily sludge residues, acid from used batteries, among others.
The MPCB now aims to cover the 37 percent of hazardous waste that is not scientifically treated.
These actions are accelerated after the recent town hall of Majhi Vasundhara, where the MPCB listed several action points based on expert recommendations, which will be implemented from time to time to ensure adequate waste management throughout Maharashtra. . The Majhi Vasundhara (My Earth) campaign is launched by the State Government’s Department of Environment and Climate Change.