Volume : 137

Plastics & Environment News for the Week 31 December, 2018 - 05 January, 2019


Tamil Nadu to enforce plastic ban, stop trucks entering state - The Times of India

The State-wide ban on 14 kinds of plastics and thermocol, including carry bags, came into force on Tuesday January 1, 2019, theTamilnadu State government geared up to “seal, seize and stop” those who didn’t follow the rule. Greater Chennai Corporation officials on Tuesday conducted searches in shops across the cityand seized plastic carry bags, cups, plates. The officials were confused lot in several places when vendors asked them about the list of banned products. Further, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) is alsoto stop the entry of banned plastic products into the state. It has tied up with the commercial taxes department and sales tax department, and and has gathered information on possible trucks that will enter the state through the 29 inter-state checkposts. For the ordinary consumer, it says: “Don’t forget to carry your own cloth/jute bags or baskets for shopping since even reusing plastic carry bags could be questioned.” The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has issued notices to 1,400 units asking them not to manufacture any of the banned items.

Chennai seeks clarity amid confusion as plastic ban takes effect - The Times of India

‘What is banned and what is not’ was the confusion that reigned on Day 2 of the plastic ban when Greater Chennai Corporation officials went about enforcing it. They visited shops, stalls, stores and markets and seized eight tonnes of banned plastic products. But confusion gripped the violators and the enforcers — none had clarity on the list of banned products.

Scramble begins in Tamilnadu for alternatives to plastics – The Hindu

Day one of the ban on single-use plastics in the State on Tuesday witnessed the hiking of prices of alternatives such as cloth bags and banana leaves, sale of non-woven bags as permissible, many hotels and shops switching to alternatives and plastic manufacturers and sellers shutting shop, protesting seizure of all kinds of plastics in Kancheepuram, Salem, Villupuram, Paramakudi, Madurai and Vellore.

BJP MLA calls for plastic ban in Puducherry – The Hindu

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and nominated MLA V. Swaminathan on Monday created a flutter on the Assembly premises by staging a sudden dharna on the steps leading to the Assembly urging the government to impose a total ban on plastics. Mr. Swaminathan said that the Tamil Nadu Government had announced the ban on single-use plastics from January 1, 2019. But in Puducherry nothing had been done to relieve people of the nuisance of plastics.

Traders stage protest over plastic ban in Tirupur district -- The Times of India

Condemning the state government for imposing a ban on single-use plastic products, a group of traders staged a protest in front of Tirupur railway station’s main entrance on Wednesday.

Rs 53,500 collected in fines from five zones in Coimbatore - The Hindu

On Day Two of the State Government’s ban on storage, sale and use of single-use plastic items, the Coimbatore Corporation officials seize banned plastic products from small and big commercial establishments and also collecting such items from houses. The teams that were accompanied by autorickshaws used in waste collection seized plastic covers, plastic coated paper cups, disposable plastic plates, polystyrene plates and other items that were under the list of 14 banned items.

Krishnagiri erupts over plastic crackdown – The Hindu

Plastic bag retailers in Krishnagiri downed shutters on Wednesday, launching an indefinite strike against the ban on single-use plastics in the State. The town’s plastic retailers are also irked by the ban. The town has few plastics manufacturers, but a large number of retailers, who claim to be affected by the ban.

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Plastic collection across Madurai on New Year’s Eve – The Hindu

Madurai Corporation will establish plastic collection centers on December 31, as its last leg of awareness campaign ahead of State government’s ban on single-use plastic that comes into force on January 1. Corporation Commissioner S. AneeshSekhar said the local body would distribute 15,000 cloth bags across the city in exchange for single-use plastic bags. The government has suggested a list of 14 plastic items that should no longer be used by the public.

Kolhapur’ Waste-to-energy plant becomes functional -The Times of India

After a long wait, the waste-to-energy plant Kasba Bawada has begun operations on Tuesday. The commercial garbage processing work will begin only after verification by a team experts from IIT Bombay. On the first day, over 100 tonnes of waste was segregated and shredded into refuse derived fuel (RDF).

Work on waste processing unit in Aurangabad gathers pace - The Times of India

The Aurangabad civic administration has started installing processing machines before completing the civil construction work of the centralised waste processing unit at Chikalthana. Chikalthana is one of the three sites where centralised waste processing units are going to be established, besides HarsulSawangi and Padegaon in Aurangabad.

Hotels in Kozhikode yet to comply with waste treatment directive- The Hindu

Hotels and restaurants in Vadakara municipality are yet to comply with the civic body’s directive to set up their own waste management facilities. A majority of 100 such units have literally defied the municipality’s orders, while a few hotel owners have sought extra time to set up the facilities. Meanwhile, municipal officials made it clear that those who had defied the directive would be asked to shut their units permanently.

Coimbatore Corporation collect leftover plastics for safe disposal- The Hindu

With the ban on single-use plastic items coming into effect from Tuesday, the Coimbatore Corporation has asked the traders and institutions to hand over the remaining stock of plastics in their possession to the nearest Corporation office. Manufacturing, stocking and using banned products to attract fine.

Kochi may have to wait for clearing plastic waste – The Hindu

Plastic waste may continue to choke Kochi as a comprehensive plastic waste management system eludes the city. The piled-up plastic on the Brahmapuram campus had caught fire on Tuesday and required considerable efforts on the part of the Fire and Rescue Services officials to douse it. The city administrations are now pinning their hopes on scientific capping of waste to clear the over 70,000 tonnes of plastic waste dumped at the solid waste treatment plant at Brahmapuram.

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For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
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