NGT slams MoEF for terming cigarette butts as biodegradable
Source: India Today, Date: , 2017
India Today, New Delhi, July 19, 2017:- The
National Green Tribunal today slammed the Ministry of Environment and Forests
(MoEF) for terming cigarette butts as biodegradable and directed it to clarify
its stand on the issue. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter
Kumar asked the MoEF to take clear instructions within a week regarding its
stand on declaring cigarette and bidi butts "toxic waste".
"Butts of cigarette and bidi are hazardous in nature. How can you call
them biodegradable? You take clear instructions and inform us," the bench
said. The observation came after an advocate representing MoEF told the green
panel that cigarette butts are biodegradable. When the bench enquired as to how
they have come to this conclusion, he said that the main counsel was busy
before a Constitution bench in the Supreme Court and sought adjournment. bench,
however, said, "Constitution bench or no Constitution bench, ask him (the
lawyer) to be present before us.