• Following a report filed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the board to lay down guidelines pertaining to disposal of cigarette and beedi butts within three months.
  • Cellulose acetate is a major component of the cigarette and beedi butts and its degradation studies show that it will persist for a longer duration. 
  • The MoEF had responded by saying that cigarette and bidi butts were not listed as hazardous. 
  • It told NGT that cellulose acetate—cigarette filters are made of this—is a biodegradable substance.