Volume : 138

Plastics & Environment News for the Week 07 - 12 January, 2019


Don’t seize plastic items that aren’t banned: HC to official – The Times of India

The Madras high court on Thursday directed government officials in Tamil Nadu not to seize plastic products other than the 14 items listed in the June 25, 2018 government order prohibiting use of such plastic products. A division bench of Justice M M Sundresh and Justice Krishnan Ramasamy passed the interim order on a batch of pleas moved by retail traders of plastic products.

Chennai airport bans single-use plastic, flyers on board – The Times of India

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has intensified its campaign to eliminate single-use plastic at the terminals of Chennai airport as part of an initiative to introduce alternatives at all major airports The airport has banned single-use plastic from January 1 2019. The airport is also gearing up to install a plastic shredder so that plastic bottles can be shredded for recycling.

Tamil Nadu plastic ban to cover biscuit, food wrappers – The Times of India

The state government will soon extend the ban on plastic to packaged products like biscuits and other eatables manufactured by multinational companies, environment minister K C Karuppannan told the assembly on Friday. The minister said that soon messages would be sent to manufacturers of plastic used to package eatables as that is also against the environment.

AAI to use plastic waste to lay roads – The Times of India

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is planning to use plastic waste to lay or repair roads on the city-side of airports including Chennai. The move comes after AAI invited a Madiurai-based expert who specialises in using plastic waste to lay road to speak at a programme organized for its engineers recently . Following the programme, AAI chairman suggested that roads inside the airport could be relaid using plastic waste generated at airports. The initiative was most likely to be tried out in Madurai, Chennai or Thiruvananthapuram where a good amount of plastic waste was generated by the airport and also airlines.

16 airports under AAI now free from single-use plastic – The Hindustan Times

The Airports Authority of India (AAI), which operates over 90 airports, has declared 16 airports free from single-use plastic. It has also issued direction to the airport directors to ban plastic and asked them to implement the order as early as possible. The 16 airports are Indore, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Tirupati, Trichy, Vijayawada, Dehradun, Chandigarh, Vadodara, Madurai, Raipur, Vizag, Pune, Kolkata and Varanasi have been declared as single-use plastic free.AAI is also enhancing its waste management systems and promoting the use of eco-friendly sustainable alternatives.

Tourism spots in Kerala to be plastic-free –The Hindu

A meeting of the task force of Haritha Keralam Mission, chaired by District Collector A.R. Ajayakumar, decided to declare all tourism destinations in the district plastic-free.District Tourism Promotion Council would be directed to ban plastic in all tourism destinations in the district, Mr. Ajayakumar said after the meeting.

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IIT-B creates biomethanation plant at campus- The Asian Age

In a bid to address waste disposal at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) campus, the alumni of the Class of 1990 has created a biomethanation plant with a capacity of 2 tonnes per day. The plant, which was inaugurated Saturday by the director of the institute Prof. Devang Khakhar, will treat the food waste generated from the hostel mess.

BBMP plans to revive bio-methanisation plants – The Hindu

BBMP is planning to revive nearly all 13 bio-methanisation plants.BBMP's Special Commissioner (Solid Waste Management) D. Randeep said the civic body was working towards reviving the bio-methanisation plants and that the BBMP's legal team was working on settling the arbitration. Once it is done they can process organic waste and generate electricity from biogas.

PMC seeks to introduce user charges for garbage processing- The Indian Express

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) administration has tabled a proposal to introduce user charges for the processing of garbage and hike water charges by 15 per cent in the next financial year. The civic administration has submitted its tax proposal before the civic body’s Standing Committee, which would be taken up for discussion in a special meeting.

GHMC to cut water connection for littering – The Times of India

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is disconnecting water connections of people who are damaging roads and littering public places.GHMC commissioner M Dana Kishore on Friday inspected the Khairatabad zone and instructed officials to disconnect water connections of people littering places. The civic body also declared that they are collecting 5,280 metric tonnes of waste every day.

Bhubaneswar Corporation to identify land for waste collection centres -– The Times of India

To open collection centres for the Swachhata Kendra for the collection of plastic waste in 10 wards the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation will start identifying land for waste collection centres from Monday. The BMC has signed an MoU with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages for plastic waste processing in the city. All 10 collection centres taken together will handle 6,800 metric tonne of waste plastic in four years.

Residents’ protest forces KDMC to stop work on wasteshed at Kalyan - The Hindustan Times

For the past one week, residents of Bhujbalwadi at Rambaug Kalyan (West) have been protesting the construction of waste segregation shed by Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) at a local garden. Residents alleged the civic body did not inform them before starting the work. Following protests, KDMC halted the work.

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