Ministry of Environment tightens rules on bioplastics

Syllabus: GS-III; Subject: Environment, Ecology and Disaster Management; Topic: Waste Management, Issue: Plastic Waste Management Rules

Context: The Environment Ministry released Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules, 2024.


  • Define biodegradable plastics as those degrading without leaving microplastics.
  • Calls for future standards to cover both compostable and biodegradable plastics.
  • Reflect India’s commitment to combating plastic waste and promoting sustainable plastic use.

Prelims Connect(Terminology in news)


●        Derived from renewable biomass sources such as plants or microbes.

●        Considered eco-friendly due to biodegradability or compostability.

●        Used in various applications like packaging, food containers, and textiles.

Microplastics are tiny plastic fragments, generally less than five millimetres in length, that pollute our environment.

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