The government of India has allowed companies located in special economic zones (SEZs) to import solid plastic waste. The Environment Ministry has permitted the import by amending the Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016. The government had notified ‘Hazardous and Other Wastes Rules, 2016’ in April for better management, handling and transboundary movement of hazardous and other wastes. “The import of solid plastic waste at column (2) against Basel Number B3010 in Schedule VI, excluding post-consumer wastes, is permitted to units in SEZs notified by the central government,” the ministry said in a notification. SEZ units can import plastic or mixed plastic waste prepared to a specification, it added.