Volume : 134

Plastics & Environment News for the Week 10 - 15 December, 2018

Plastics

Dairies can use plastic milk pouches till February 15- The Indian Express

Dairies in Maharashtra got a breather after the State Environment Minister, Ramdas Kadam, agreed to temporarily suspend action against plastic milk pouches till February 15. Kadam, who had met a delegation of Milk Producers and Processors Association in Mumbai on December 11, had asked plastic pouch manufacturers not to suspend their production as planned from December 15. The government has asked the dairies to submit a detailed plan to put in place a mechanism for buyback of milk pouches from consumers, within the next two months Kadam clarified that the department had not barred plastic manufacturers from supplying plastic sheets.

Bihar bans use of plastic in urban belt – The Times of India

Use of plastic bags and sheets of any size and thickness is banned in urban areas of the state effective December 15. Violation of the ban will attract penalties ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 500 in case of households and Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000 in case of those littering public places. Since a blanket ban on plastic was not feasible, the state government decided to start with banning plastic bags and sheets in the first phase.

Plastics Manufacturers raise banner of protest against plastic ban in Chennai – The Hindu

Members of the Tamil Nadu Plastics Manufacturers’ Association (TAPMA) held a demonstration on Thursday, urging the State government not to implement the ban on plastics from January 1. B. Swaminathan, chairman, Environment Committee-TAPMA, said, “The government’s plan to ban single-use plastics is not right and will badly hurt the plastic industries and livelihood of workers.” It was unfortunate that instead of taking a considered decision based on scientific facts, the State government had chosen to announce the ban unilaterally in the Assembly and the same was being reluctantly implemented by the officials of various departments, he claimed.

Coimbatore Corporation to levy fine for using banned plastic items – The Hindu

Coimbatore Corporation is in the process of passing a resolution levying fine on sellers and users of banned plastic items. The subject says that shopkeepers, retailers’ street vendors or those dispensing goods without registering with the Corporation will have to pay Rs 10,000 in penalty. Those manufacturing, stocking, transporting or selling products that are less than 50 micron will also have to shell out a like sum. Wholesale dealers and stockiest will also pay the same amount. Retailers will pay Rs 5,000, street vendors Rs 2,000 and members of the public Rs 100.

SWM / Recycling

BMC rates itself three out of seven on cleanliness and sanitation – The Times of India

The BMC has given itself just three out of a possible seven stars on a self-assessment of the city’s cleanliness a requirement for the forthcoming Swachh Survekshan, according to a senior official In 2018, Mumbai did better by 10 places and was also declared to be the cleanest state capital The self-rating is based on parameters including door-to- door garbage collection, waste segregation presence of litter bins, user charges, grievance redressal, and cleanliness of water bodies.

Waste-to-energy plant will derail segregation, say experts – The Hindu

Civic officials are keen on setting up a waste-to-energy plant at Chikkanagamangala on the city's outskirts in Bengaluru. However, experts remain sceptical of its efficacy and argue that waste-to-energy plants have not had much success given the composition of municipal waste generated here. As such plants accept mixed waste, there are fears that it may derail the solid waste management plan that stresses on segregation of waste at source.

Noida’s Sector 54 waste plant starts, to treat 80,000 tonnes of garbage - The Times of India

A waste remediation plant, billed as the first of its kind in north India, was inaugurated in Noida Sector 54 on Sunday. The plant, which can be shifted from one place to another, can process 40 tonnes of waste an hour and segregate it into Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF), good earth and scrap.

Mumbai's 80% treated sewage still causing pollution – The Times of India

The 80 % waste, which enters the city’s 1,915km sewer is not treated properly. The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board’s 2017 review found that six of the eight sewage treatment plants (STPs) in Mumbai released treated waste with high levels of BOD (Biochemical oxygen demand) and COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand), which are wastewater quality indicators. These six STPs treat over 80% of the waste that enters the sewer network.

No int’l firm bids to set up waste units –The Asian age

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s plans to hire international firms to set up dry waste processing units have come a cropper as not a single agency from abroad has responded to its calls. Only seven firms, a majority of which are from Mumbai itself, have bid for the tenders of this project. The BMC had identified five places in the city, where dry waste processing units would be set up by international firms.

Centre to accept recyclable materials launched in Nagpur –The Times of India

NGO Swachh Association in association with the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has launched a Material Recovery Centre, also called as re-cycling stores at Suyog Nagar, on Monday. People can sell dry recyclable wastes of their households and get money at the centre. The centre will help the NMC in achieving goals set under Swachh Bharat Mission to some extent. The centre will provide impetus to people to segregate dry and wet waste.

Kozhikode Collector asked to check waste dumping in canal, river – The Hindu

The Kerala State Human Rights Commission has asked the District Collector, Kozhikode Corporation and the nearby panchayats to take stringent action against those depositing waste into the Conolly Canal and Kallai River and to use the help of the police if needed. It has also asked to set up warning boards against dumping of waste and to install CCTV cameras wherever necessary to check the violators.

International

Study: Recyclable packaging not always greenest option

Oregon’s environmental agency has released research that suggests several popular packaging attributes – including “recyclable” and “recycled content” – do not consistently result in lower-impact products.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment & Recycling Committee

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