The Recycled Plastics Manufacture and Usage Rules, 1999.

A rule notified in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (viii) of Sub Section (2) of Section 3 read with Section 25 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986) with the objective to regulate the manufacture and use of recycled plastics, carry bags and containers;

Salient Features of the Rules :

Thickness of the carry bags made of virgin plastics or recycled plastics shall not be less than 20 microns.


Carry bags and containers made of virgin plastic shall be in natural shade or white.


Carry bags and containers made of recycled plastic and used for purposes other than storing and packaging food stuffs shall be manufactured using pigments and colorants as per IS:9833:1981 entitled "List of Pigments and Colorants" for use in Plastics in contact with food stuffs, pharmaceuticals and drinking water.


Recycling of plastics shall be under taken strictly in accordance with the Bureau of Indian Standards specifications IS:14534:1988 entitled "The Guidelines for Recycling of Plastics".