Coke, Pepsi and Bisleri fined: Pollution control board sent notice for not following plastic waste

Coke, Pepsi and Bisleri fined,

Coke, Pepsi and Bisleri fined: Pollution control board sent notice for not following plastic waste
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The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has imposed heavy fines on Coke, Pepsi and Bisleri. This fine has been imposed in the case of disposing of plastic waste and not giving information to the government body in the matter of collecting it. Bisleri has been fined Rs 10.75 crore, PepsiCo India Rs 8.7 crore and Coca-Cola Beverages Rs 50.66 crore.

85.9 lakh penalty on a company, Apart from these, a penalty of Rs 1 crore has been imposed on Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali. While a penalty of Rs 85.9 lakh has been imposed on another company. Coke and Pepsi said they are reviewing the fine. Explain that PepsiCo and Coca-Cola make cold drinks, while Bisleri makes water bottles. All these plastics fall under the garbage segment.Money to be paid in 15 days

Bisleri waste 21 thousand 500 tons Bisleri’s plastic waste has been around 21 thousand 500 tons. It has been fined Rs 5000 per tonne. Pepsi has 11,194 tonnes of plastic waste. Coca-Cola has been carrying 4,417 tonnes of plastic waste. This waste was from January to September 2020. The target of EPR was 1 lakh 5 thousand 744 tons of waste.

Coke said, notice has been received. A Coke spokesperson said that we have received notice from CPCB. We run our operations with complete compliance. It operates under regulatory framework and laws. We are reviewing this order and will try to resolve it with the concerned authority.

PepsiCo said that we follow the entire procedure under Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) in the case of plastic waste. We have received notice.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has fined beverage makers Coke and Pepsi and bottled water maker Biseri for violating filing statutory returns to government bodies regarding the collecting and disposal of plastic waste. While Bisleri has been penalised Rs 10.75 crore, Pepsico India Holdings will have to pay Rs 8.7 crore and Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages has been asked to pay Rs 50.66 crore fine. All companies have been granted a timeframe of 15 days to remit the penalty and fulfil the rules that have been violated.

Extended producer responsibility (EPR), is an exercise and a policy method in which producers take accountability on behalf of the organization for the disposal of products they create once they have been designated no longer useful by consumers.

While Bisleri penalised for 21,500 tonnes of plastic at Rs 5,000 a tonne, Pepsi was held responsible for 11,194 tonnes of plastic waste and Coke provided documents to CPCB saying it collected 4,417.78 tonnes of plastic waste for the period January to September 2020 as against a EPR target of 1,05,744 tonnes.Other beverage makers including Patanjali were penalised for Rs 1crore while Nourishco Benevarges has been asked to pay up Rs 85.9 lakh.

Both Coke and Pepsi said they were examining the CPCB notice.Coke’s spokesperson said: “We are in receipt of the notice issued by the Central Pollution Control Board. As part of the global operations of The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) we operate in full compliance with the regulatory framework and within the ambit of the laws of the land, both in letter and spirit. We are currently studying the order and will be working with the relevant authorities to resolve the issue, within the stipulated timeframe.”

PepsiCo India said it was a law abiding corporate citizen and complies with all its Extended Producers’ Responsibilities for collection of plastic waste. Just like some other industry members, PepsiCo India has received a notice from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) proposing to levy an environmental compensation for non-certification by the Urban Local Bodies of its Progress Reports filed with CPCB. “The notice is being examined and an appropriate response is being filed.”- said a PepsiCo India spokesperson

Other beverage makers including Patanjali were penalised for Rs 1crore while Nourishco Benevarges has been asked to pay up Rs 85.9 lakh.Both Coke and Pepsi said they were examining the CPCB notice.Coke’s spokesperson said: “We are in receipt of the notice issued by the Central Pollution Control Board. As part of the global operations of The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) we operate in full compliance with the regulatory framework and within the ambit of the laws of the land, both in letter and spirit. We are currently studying the order and will be working with the relevant authorities to resolve the issue, within the stipulated timeframe.”