Volume : 133

Plastics & Environment News for the Week 03 - 08 December, 2018

Plastics

Patna to get plastic waste processing unit soon – The Times of India

The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has initiated fresh bidding process to rope in a plastic waste processing unit in the city. PMC deputy municipal commissioner Vishal Anand said there was no system for treatment of plastic waste in the city at present. Once it starts the rural works department can use the plastic waste in construction of roads in rural areas. The Bihar State Pollution Control Board would strictly implement the ban on plastic bags in urban areas of the state from December 15.

Over 2 lakh stand to lose jobs with plastics-free Tamil Nadu- The Hindu

As the State braces to face the ban on single-use plastics from January 1, 2019 Over 2 lakh stand to lose jobs as we move towards a plastics-free Tamil Nadu. According to data compiled by the associations of plastic manufacturers, the ban is likely to cause a loss of livelihood for two lakh persons employed by plastic manufacturing companies in various parts of the State. “The State government’s decision to ban plastics has caused a dip in revenue of 50% in November, when compared to the same period last year,” said G. Sankaran, president of Tamil Nadu, Pondy Plastic Association.

The Nilgiris have been “plastic-free” – The Hindu

The Nilgiris has managed to work out a middle ground, as it were, to going plastic-free. There has been a 30-40% reduction in plastic waste generation since a ban took effect. With the State-wide ban on single-use plastics coming in on January 1, the hilly district could show the way. Officials from both the Udhagamandalam and Coonoor municipalities said that the efforts have indeed proved fruitful, with a 30-40% reduction in generation of plastic waste being reported across the Nilgiris.

Sealing drive against polluting units in outer Delhi areas – The Hindustan Times

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation planned an intensive sealing drive against polluting units in outer Delhi’s Tikri, Mundka and Nangloi on Friday and Saturday. The decision to carry out the sealing drive against polluting units was taken on the direction of Environment Pollution Control Committee (EPCA) after reports of rising pollution levels in these areas due to open burning of plastic waste. EPCA chairman Bhurelal said, “These units are running from every second residential property in the area. The factory owners are burning plastic waste to produce granules and also using rubber as fuel. No relaxation would be given to defaulters,” he said.

SWM / Recycling

AMC develops Software for waste segregation mix-up – The Times of India

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has created a special software which will maintain records of segregated dry and wet waste. Also, if the refuse transfer station gets more dry than wet waste, the AMC will collect it in a separate container. Municipal commissioner Vijay Nehra said that the software will help the AMC determine if it is getting segregated waste.

Scientific capping of waste underway at PCB’s Hadapsar depot- The Indian Express

Scientific capping of waste is underway at Pune Cantonment Board’s trenching ground site at Hadapsar. In order to ensure compliance with the rules, the Board has appointed a consultant for the project to undertake the work of scientific capping of waste and to prepare necessary tender documents and drawings.

Door-to-door waste collection kicks off in Ludhiana village- The Indian Express

The solid waste management project has been initiated at Landha village in Doraha district of Ludhiana, which has a population of just 1,250 individuals and 300 households. Under the project, all households in village Landha have been given two different coloured dustbins — green (for wet waste) and blue (for dry waste). A person has been hired for collecting garbage from all households on a daily basis and take it to a shed where four pits have been constructed to convert wet waste into manure to be used by farmers

Mumbai’s Mithi River is an open drain says panel expert Report – The Hindustan Times

The report, prepared by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) and National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), along with two independent experts, says that Mithi River is an open drain and another 2005-like deluge is inevitable in Mumbai. 95% of the river consists of sewage, according to an expert who prepared the report.

BBMP creating a database of citizens who compost – The Hindu

For the very first time, the city will have a database of households composting waste in situ. The civic body is undertaking this initiative in an attempt to shore up Bengaluru’s low rankings in Swachh Sarvekshan 2019, which is conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. The data will also help the BBMP identify best practices and take them to others as a model to emulate, besides allowing the civic body to certify it in consultation with the Technical Advisory Committee. That apart, the data will prove helpful in the light of a proposal to incentivise composters through rebate in garbage cess.

Nearly 56% of bulk waste generators flout BMC rule in Mumbai – The Times of India

To encourage compliance of waste segregation , the BMC now plans to appoint ward officials, who will be called - ‘Swachhta Mitra’ i.e. ‘Friends of Cleanliness’, to interact with housing societies that are not treating wet waste at source, understand the challenges they are facing and help them overcome the hurdles . According to data provided by the BMC, only 1,476 (43.7%) of the 3,374 bulk waste generators are segregating their waste despite the regime of the BMC that began last year.

Win-win deal for safe waste disposal- The Hindu

Golden Rock Railway Workshop in Tiruchi has tied up with cement factory UltraTech Cement Limited at Ariyalur district for disposal of polymeric waste. The Southern Railway Workshop, Golden Rock, has adopted a scientific method to dispose tonnes of zero-value non-hazardous polymeric waste accumulated over the years on its sprawling campus in Tiruchi.

International

Three arrested in $16 million California recycling fraud

California authorities have arrested three individuals for defrauding a California publicly funded program, which pays people 5 to 10 cents for recycled beverage containers.Following a five-month investigation, agents believe the suspects have been using an Arizona trucking company to smuggle out-of-state containers into California to take advantage of the California Redemption Value (CRV) fund for the past three years. All three will face charges of felony recycling fraud, attempted grand theft and conspiracy.

Researchers in Singapore develop aerogel from recycled PET bottles

Mechanical engineering researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS), led by Associate Professor Hai Minh Duong and Professor Nhan Phan-Tien, in collaboration with Dr Xiwen Zhang from the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), have pioneered the technology to fabricate the world’s first polyethylene terephthalate (PET) aerogels from recovered plastic.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment & Recycling Committee

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