Volume : 132

Plastics & Environment News for the Week 26 November- 01 December, 2018

Plastics

Fight against the country's plastic pollution to get tougher – The New Indian Express

A committee constituted by the Union Environment Ministry has suggested changes in the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 and Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016. The committee has also recommended that the onus of collecting and disposal of plastic waste should lie solely on municipal bodies, whose track record on this front is abysmal. The committee said in its report “Handing over this responsibility to the producers would be very impractical and inefficient. We would have a situation wherein there would be multiple channels for waste collection leading to large inefficiencies”.

Tamil Nadu industries to be plastic free zones from January 1, 2019 - The Times of India

The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has asked all industries in the state to declare their industry premises as “plastic free zones” and paste stickers prominently stating their industry is a plastic free zone. It has asked companies to undertake a massive campaign in and around their industry (10 km radius) about the need to stay away from plastics. Industries should also provide notices to suppliers customers and visitors, detailing the banned plastic items.

Plastic use in Sabarimala will attract spot fines - The Times of India

The forest department has imposed strict regulations on the use of plastic (in any form) in Sabarimala. Such acts would attract spot fines, ranging from Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000, and even closure of the shops that uses plastic. The fine collected will be used exclusively for the cleaning of pilgrim route. In July, the high court had imposed complete ban on use of plastic in and around Sabarimala.

SWM / Recycling

Mumbai’s largest sewage treatment plant gets green ministry nod- The Indian Express

The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has given a go ahead to the city’s largest sewage treatment plant (STP), worth Rs 2,020 crore, to come up in Malad. The STP will come up on 35 hectares of mangrove land. The Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) notification stipulates re-plantation of three times the number of mangroves trees proposed to be cut or destroyed due to construction.

Bareilly’s Bakerganj waste treatment plant to start functioning this week – The Times of India

The waste treatment plant set up by Bareilly Municipal Corporation (BMC) at Bakerganj landfill site will start functioning from November 30. Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Kumar Shrivastava said, “Although the work of setting up the treatment plant at the Bakerganj trenching ground had begun in August it got a little delayed due to the rains, five more waste treatment plants are likely to come up at the existing Bakerganj landfill site.

Aurangabad Waste mgmt plants to be ready by March – The Time of India

The waste processing plants that are to come up at Chikalthana, Harsul Sawangi and Padegaon each having a capacity to process 150 tonne of waste per day, and also the bio-methanation that is to come up at Kanchanwadi with a capacity of 30 tonnes per day in Aurangabad will be ready by March. State Urban Develeopment Department (UDD) secretary Sudhakar Bobade said, “The machinery at all plants will be ready for operation by end of March next year.”

RMC initiates ‘swachhata pockets’ in Buses / Auto – The Times of India

The Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) has taken an initiative to put a non-woven bag with ‘Swachhata Pocket’ written on it hanging behind the driver’s seat in auto-rickshaw. Already, the RMC has been encouraging the citizens to put the waste while travelling in buses inside the non-woven bags hung behind the driver’s seat for some time now. After good response in pilot phase for buses the RMC now wants to replicate the project with the auto-rickshaws.

South Mumbai’s teen environment crusader – The Hindustan Times

Seventeen-year-old Aarushi Majumder drew up standardised waste management plans and implemented them in her society convincing her society to adopt environment-friendly means of waste management. Sumer Trinity Towers in Prabhadevi have installed 12 wet-waste composters last year which generate 8.6 tonnes of organic compost every month. The society recycles 90% of their waste. Aarushi also conducted field tests to monitor the pH levels in the soil and temperature during various stages of composting that helped in gathering scientific data on the waste management process.

Mumbai Port Trust to stop sewage discharge in sea – The Asian Age

Under its plan to develop the proposed sewage treatment plant (STP), Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) authorities have asked oil refineries in Wadala to use potable water that will be generated from the treatment plant in future. A letter has been submitted to Bharat Petroleum regarding the same. The total capacity of the treatment plant will be 3 million litres daily (MLD). “The STP can regenerate around 90 per cent of potable water in the initial stage.

Micro composite centres planned across Salem city – The Hindu

The Salem Corporation has proposed to set up micro composite centres in 16 areas in the city limits for the production of organic manure using food, fruit and vegetable wastes. These projects will be set up under the Smart City programme. Of the 16 micro composite centres planned, work on half a dozen centres is progressing in the first phase, according to Corporation sources.

Segregate waste at source says MCC - The Times of India

The Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) has decided to impose penalty on households that fail to segregate waste before handing it over to garbage pickers. The amount will be Rs 50 for first time offenders while it will go up to Rs 100 then onwards. A majority of households in the city have been provided green and blue buckets to separate wet and dry waste but a majority of families are not following this.

Five-day-a-week cleanliness awareness in Mangaluru – The Hindu

In a first of its kind initiative, Ramakrishna Mission will, along with several civic groups, launch Swacchata awareness campaign five days in a week for 10 months in the city on Sunday.Under this Swacchata Sampark Abhiyan, the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan volunteers will create awareness on cleanliness at identified locations from 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. daily, except on Sundays and Tuesdays.

International

Canada to pursue aggressive strategy on plastic waste

Canada’s federal, provincial and territory leaders will work together on a plan for ushering in a circular economy for plastics. According to a press release, the strategy will mean ensuring plastic products are designed for durability, reuse and recycling; shifting responsibility for improvements in recycling infrastructure to producers; expanding collection systems; increasing responsible use and recycling of single-use products; improving understanding of the issue and solutions through research and innovation; and taking action to remove marine plastics.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment & Recycling Committee

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