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Plastics & Environment News for the Week 24 - 29 December, 2018


Implement plastic ban in toto says Madras HC –The Hindu

The Madras High Court on Thursday dismissed a writ petition filed by the Tamil Nadu Pondy Plastic Association, on the State government’s move to ban manufacture, sale, as well as use of certain ‘use-and-throw’ plastic products from January 1. A Division Bench of Justices S. Vaidyanathan and P.T. Asha refused to interfere with a Government Order issued on June 25 listing the products that were to be banned from New Year. The judges went a step ahead and opined that even products exempted under the GO should be banned to make the State completely plastic-free.

No more plastic bottles in BBMP offices - The Hindu

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has issued an order banning all single-use plastic bottles and disposables in all its offices and at BBMP programmes. The order will be implemented with immediate effect. The commissioner also said the civic body is planning a concrete action plan to implement the plastic ban in letter and spirit.

State Govt. not responsible to provide alternatives for plastic companies – The Hindu

Taking exception to the demand from companies manufacturing single use plastics that they should be provided suitable alternative arrangements by the Tamilnadu State government for banning the use of such items from January 1, 2019, Rajendra Ratnoo, Commissioner of Disaster Management, said that it was not the duty of government to do so. Speaking at a regional-level awareness conference on the ban, he said it was not the government that asked the companies to open plastic manufacturing units. The government can only facilitate a business environment.

BMC to educate street vendors, hawkers against plastic use- The Indian Express

Intensifying the drive against single-use plastic, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to educate street vendors and hawkers about the disadvantages of using polythene bags. The civic body also plans to increase action against retailers using banned plastic packaging material. “Until now, we were giving time to retailers to get the mechanism in place. But soon we will begin checking” said an official.

TN’s West zone police advised to shun plastic in Salem and other zones – The Times of India

To make the environment plastic-free, inspector general of police (west zone) K Periaiah has instructed the SPs of eight districts to advise all 12,000 police personnel under their limit and their family members to use cloth bags instead of polythene carry bags. The west zone comprises Coimbatore, Nilgiris,Tirupur, Erode Salem, Namakkal, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts.

The Nilgiris battling to stay plastic-free–The Hindu

Agencies in charge of the day-to-day functioning of popular tourist spots across the Nilgiris in Tamilnadu have for long battled to keep their spaces “plastic-free”. With the State-wide ban on single-use plastics set to take effect from next year, there is hope that the huge amount of manpower and resources being expended on cleaning up can be better spent elsewhere.

SWM / Recycling

IIT-M team develop solution to plastic waste – The Hindu

Students of Indian Institute of Technology-Madras have come up with a solution to tackle non-recyclable plastic waste. The five-member Team Enviro, which included a student from SSN College of Engineering, has developed a mobile solar-powered pyrolysis unit to convert plastic into oil. A kilogram of plastic can produce 500 to 700 ml of oil, depending on the quality of plastic used, the team said.

Hefty fines for housing societies, hotels not processing wet waste –The Times of India

Housing societies and hotels generating over 100kg wet garbage would be penalized Rs 15,000 from early next year if they fail to process the trash themselves and individuals not segregating wet and dry garbage would be fined up to Rs 150. Those involved in burning garbage would have to cough up Rs 500. Earlier, it was Rs 100. The state government’s urban development department issued a notification on December 19, prescribing the penalties.

Cuttack Municipal Corporation waste management project yet to take off –The Times of India

The much-awaited integrated solid waste management project of the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC), envisaging a crucial set of reforms to streamline garbage collection and disposal in the city s in limbo even two years after it was planned to be executed. The municipal corporation has been unable to complete the tender process despite two attempts since September 2016.

Chandigarh yet to implement waste segregation at household level-The Indian Express

With the next round of Swachh Survekshan approaching, Chandigarh is yet to implement waste segregation at household level, which was its biggest failing last time. Despite tours by councillors to different cities to study solid waste management this year, Municipal Corporation (MC) Chandigarh has not been able to implement the learning back home.

SDMC issues 343 challans for littering in markets –The Times of India

South Delhi Municipal Corporation ran a special sanitation drive in 167 major markets in Delhi on Thursday. The body issued 343 in sanitation challans against traders, with maximum violations being located in south zone.

VMC clean-up drive fetches Rs 65 lakh as fine in 20 days- The Indian Express

Vadodara Municipal Corporation standing committee chairman Satish Patel, along with other VMC officials, on Thursday visited various areas across the city and penalised those found littering. According to VMC officials, from the fine imposed on people found violating cleanliness norms, the VMC has recovered a total fine of Rs 65,00,000 in the last twenty days. “The penalty ranges from Rs 100 to Rs 25,000 depending on the gravity of the violation.


Boston has officially banned plastic bags

Boston has recently rolled out its new ban on plastic “checkout” bags. Customers’ at large and midsize grocery stores will no longer be given them at checkout, and residents will instead need to bring reusable bags or have them bagged in paper, which will cost a mandatory minimum fee of five cents per bag if purchased from the retailer. The ban also applies to plastic bags used to package carry-out orders at restaurants.

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