Volume : 131

Plastics & Environment News for the Week 19 - 24 November, 2018

Plastics

Plastic manufacturers in Maharashtra, Daman to suspend the supply of plastic films – The Times of India

Plastic manufacturers in Maharashtra and Daman have decided to suspend the supply of plastic films which are used to make milk pouches, to dairies in the state from December 15. This is likely to adversely affect milk supply. The Maharashtra Plastic Manufacturers’ Association took the decision to suspend the supply of plastic films in view of the ongoing actions against the industry for not preparing an extended producers responsibility (EPR) - by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB). Arjun Khotkar, the minister of state for animal husbandry and dairy development, assured that milk supplies will not be affected. If plastic films are not supplied, we will discuss suitable alternatives, like glass bottles, he added.

Pune retailers demand review of plastic ban – The Times of India

Retail Vyapari Sangh - a traders’ organization in Pune has demanded that the state government should relook into the plastic ban. The group has written a letter to the state government and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to review the ban as it is affecting the overall plastic industry. The group has demanded that the authorities should curtail the import of plastic from other states to Maharashtra. It has also urged the government to reconsider the action against plastic bags which are above 50 microns.

Penalty up to Rs 2 Lakh for using banned plastic in Rajkot – The Times of India

The standing committee of the Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) approved a proposal of collecting higher penalty, up to Rs 2 lakh, from those using prohibited plastic in the violation of the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016. Currently, the maximum penalty for such offenders is Rs 2,000. The proposal will now go to the RMC general board and after it approves it, the rules will come into force. The civic body in its proposal has specified the amount of fine for manufactures of plastic bags, wholesalers, retailers and vendors.

Vendors find a loophole, hand out 'packaging bags' – The Times of India

TOI has found several shops and even vegetable vendors across Mumbai are handing out thick plastic bags without handles And many even claim that such bags are allowed, misusing a loophole in the law-an exemption for using plastics bags without handle for retail packaging. This has also caused confusion among some BMC inspection teams enforcing the plastic ban.

Rs 500 fine, trash bag to kick off zoo clean-up in Kolkata– The Times of India

The Alipore zoo authorities in Kolkata have proposed handing out jute bags to visitors to put their trash in. The authorities will also write to the state Pollution Control Board to declare the zoo premises as a no-plastic zone. “We will impose a spot fine of Rs 500 on visitors if they are caught” said the State zoo authority member secretary V K Yadav.

NGT

NGT slaps Rs 5-crore fine on BMC for improper solid waste management – The Indian Express

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has fined the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for failing to carry out proper waste management in the city. The NGT has imposed a fine of Rs 5 crore after it was found that the civic body’s garbage dumping and management at all three of its dumping grounds -Deonar, Mulund and Kanjurmarg was not as per the Solid Waste Management (SWM) Rules, 2016.

NGT seeks action plan for solid waste dumping site in Ghaziabad -- The Hindustan Times

Acting on complaints from citizens regarding the solid-waste dumping site at Indirapuram, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the constitution of a joint committee of officials from different Ghaziabad agencies, as well as the UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB), to prepare and execute an action plan regarding the same. The matter relates to an 11-acre plot opposite Kanawani, which is being used as a site for the disposal of daily solid waste.

SWM / Recycling

Kolhapur Waste-to-energy plant likely to start on January 1 – The Times of India

The firm assigned to set up the waste-to-energy project at Kasba Bawada on Tuesday assured the civic administration that it would begin processing of 200 tonne of waste per day from January1, 2019. Civic chief Abhijeet Chaudhari had called a meeting of all stakeholders to find a way out for the stalled project. Civic officials have clarified that the waste already piled up at the dumping site will not be processed in the plant, but a capping of the waste will be done as most of the piled-up waste is inert and cannot be processed in the plant.

Soon plastic could be used to construct roads in Gurgaon – The Indian Express

Plastic waste could soon be used in construction of Gurgaon roads, said officials of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) during a house meeting on Thursday, adding that the project is likely to take off in December. “We are planning to launch a project in which plastic waste would be used in road construction”, said MCG Commissioner Yashpal Yadav.

Waste management systems unveiled on e-way- The Asian Age

Maharashtra State Road Development Ltd. (MSRDC), on Saturday, unveiled Organic Waste Converter (OWC) at Khalapur on the Yashwantrao Chavan Expressway (Mumbai- Pune Expressway). The MSRDC has planned seven such OWCs on the e-way. Also Sewage Treatment Plants (STP) will be set up along the e-way.

Garbage segregation in Ahmedabad mandatory from December – The Times of India

Come December, the Ahmedabad municipal corporation will not collect domestic waste if it is not segregated into dry and wet waste. Deputy municipal commissioner, solid waste, Mukesh Gadhvi, said “The Corporation has decided to strictly implement the segregation of waste at source from next month. The date will be announced soon, “If the waste is not segregated by the society or individual houses, the corporation will refuse to collect the same.”

Kolkata: Dumping trash on road may cost you Rs 1 lakh – The Times of India

The state assembly on Thursday passed a bill that proposes to slap a fine of minimum Rs 5,000 and maximum Rs 1 lakh on the offenders who litter the road or dump garbage at a public place. Earlier, the penalty amount ranged rom Rs 50 to Rs 5,000. On Thursday, Section 338 of the Kolkata Muncipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018, was amended to hike fines substantially. This clause specifically covers solid waste, which, in most cases is plastic wrapped.

Compost the organic way - The Hindu

Concerned about the ‘new polluting trend’ masquerading as an eco-friendly garbage disposal solution, environmentalists and activists say it is impossible to generate compost within 24 hours. Blogger and civic activist Savita Hiremath, who has done extensive research in the area of solid waste management, said the automatic machines were nothing but ‘glorified incinerators’, which caused more harm than good.

UPPCB raps AMC over burning waste in landfill – The Times of India

The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) has written to the Agra Municipal Corporation (AMC) over their burning of municipal solid waste at Kuberpur landfill, in continuous violation of the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) 2016 order. UPPCB has stated that at least 50 metric tonne of garbage is illegally dumped or burnt every day.

Candidates to pay for littering in Indore – The Times of India

Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC), is charging election candidates a fixed amount to clean up t the roads after their campaign trails. “We have encouraged all candidates to make a one-time payment for their rallies and we ensure that a sanitation team is sent to the area after the completion of the events, said IMC commissioner Asheesh Singh. The amount charged for daily campaign trails is fixed on the basis of the amount of waste generated.

Odisha’s waste to art museum in offing – The Times of India

The state’s first open-air waste museum was inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday. The museum will display 21 sculptures and installations made out of waste by national and international artists. Artists Network Promoting Indian Culture (Anpic) will develop and promote the museum in collaboration with the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA). The art museum is expected to cost Rs 5 crore.

‘Save Uyyakondan’ app bolsters clean-up drive in Tiruchirapalli – The Hindu

‘Citizens for Uyyakondan’, a group of volunteers in the city, involved in cleaning up the polluted canal received a shot in the arm after the recent launch of 'Save Uyyakondan' an app meant to bring about an attitudinal change among the people towards the waterbody. The app was developed free of cost by Coimbatore-based Climate Smart Technologies in appreciation of the group's initiative.

BBMP to buy 17 sweeping machines at Rs 23 crore – The Times of India

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to go ahead with a costly deal to procure 17 self-propelled mechanical sweeping machines at a cost of Rs 23 crore. TPS Infrastructure Limited, the lone contractor will provide the machines at Rs 1.35 crore per piece as compared to the the Kalyan-Dombivali Corporation that got them for Rs 90 lakh a piece. The deal is for five years with operation and maintenance.

Fire at Padegaon dump in Aurangabad – The Times of India

The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has been found to have stopped processing of the waste at Padegaon, leading to last Thursday’s major fire. The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) had already directed processing of the waste, but the civic body chose to ignore it. The civic body’s sanitation staff used to process the waste through composting at Padegaon, but it became difficult after the quantity of waste started increasing.

PCMC Fines for dumping garbage, spitting, in public -- The Hindustan Times

Following the inspiring example of its Pune counterpart, the Pimpri Chinchwad municipal corporation (PCMC) has also cracked the whip on those who litter, spit, urinate, defecate in public places. According to civic officials, guidelines have been issued and violators will be fined. The civic body has decided to impose a fine of Rs 180 for dumping garbage on road, Rs 150 for spitting on road, Rs 200 for urinating at public places and Rs 500 for open defecation in PCMC limits.

500MT garbage collected from Delhi industrial sites daily – The Times of India

Over 500 metric tonnes of municipal and industrial waste is now being collected daily from industrial sites of Narela, Bawana and Tikri which would earlier have have been burnt, EPCA chairperson Bhure Lal said on Thursday. Positive change is being noticed in air quality in these locations, he pointed out.

International

China presses on with scrap restrictions

The government of China has released an updated list of more than 30 scrap materials that will be prohibited as imports beginning Dec. 31, 2018. The declaration has reportedly been made by several national Chinese government agencies working jointly. The document was issued by China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), Ministry of Commerce, National Development and Reform Commission, and it’s General Administration of Customs (GACC).

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment & Recycling Committee

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