Volume : 139

Plastics & Environment News for the Week 14 - 19 January, 2019

Plastics

Plastic bags are back- Mumbai Mirror

Plastic bags have made a comeback in the city —and with a vengeance within the six months of the ban. Most of the consumers refuse to buy if not given the plastics bag says vegetable vendor. “There is a racket underway. A number of manufacturers procured fake Central Pollution Control Board approvals and convinced shopkeepers that their plastic meets the criteria. Many of them have been identified and blacklisted,” said Kiran Dighavkar, nodal officer of the BMC’s plastic ban project. Hiten Bheda, president of the All India Plastics Manufacturers ’ Association, claimed that the intent of the clampdown on plastic use has been “misplaced from the beginning”. “The real issue we face is management of plastic waste, not that it is being used.”

SWM / Recycling

Maharashtra govt may ask manufacturers to devise plan for EPR –The Indian Express

The State environment department is likely to ask plastic manufacturers to come up with a plan for the Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) for collection and recycling of plastic waste. Officials from the department said a team went to Kerala to study implementation of the EPR. The official added that other states like Sikkim and Himachal do not have EPR. Overall, there is no effective implementation of the EPR in any city or state. So, we will now ask plastic manufacturers to come up with the EPR plan.”

Corporators oppose PMC’s proposal to stop free garbage bins –The Indian Express

Corporators of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) have opposed the civic administration proposal to stop free distribution of plastic bins to store garbage. They sent the proposal to be discussed at the coordination meeting by all political parties in the civic body. Earlier the PMC had said it was noticed that the free bins or buckets distributed to people were not being properly used.

Kochi Corporation to use electro-coagulation to treat leachate for SWM – The Hindu

The Kochi Corporation will attempt the electro-coagulation technique at its solid waste treatment plant at Brahmapuram for treating the leachate, Mayor Soumini Jain has said. Electrocoagulation is a technique used for removing contaminants such as suspended solids, heavy metals and bacteria from water.

Coimbatore Corporation to process accumulated waste in Vellalore

Coimbatore Corporation has planned to treat the legacy waste – degradable and non-degradable waste that has accumulated over the years – that remains dumped at its compost yard in Vellalore. The Corporation officials said they have forwarded a proposal to the State Government’ s high-powered committee, tasked with clearing Smart Cities project proposal, to approve of the project estimated to cost nearly Rs100 crore.

Mahim beach to get Rs 1.26 cr makeover-- The Indian Express

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to undertake the makeover of the one km stretch of Mahim beach at a cost of Rs 1.26 crore. The proposal will be tabled before the standing committee meeting on Wednesday. The beautification is proposed on the lines of Juhu beach and the Bandra promenade overhaul

International

Billion dollar Alliance targets plastic waste

Companies from throughout the plastics value chain have committed more than $1 billion to reduce plastic waste by improving waste management systems and cleaning up existing pollution.The Alliance to End Plastic Waste will focus its significant resources on developing waste collection infrastructure, innovating in recycling and product design, educating consumers about waste, and cleaning up plastic in the environment.Founding members include resin and chemical producers, consumer goods companies, waste management providers and others. The effort counts Berry Global, Chevron, Dow, ExxonMobil, LyondellBasell, Procter & Gamble, Shell, Suez, Total, Veolia and others among its membership

Plastic bottle recycling rate declines in 2017

According to figures released by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC), both based in Washington, plastic bottle recycling declined by 3.6 percent to 2.8 billion pounds in 2017. The 28th annual "National Postconsumer Plastic Bottle Recycling Report" indicates the overall recycling rate for plastic bottles for the year was 29.3 percent, a decline of 0.4 percentage points from 29.7 percent in 2016.The five-year compounded annual growth rate for plastic bottle recycling was 0.1 percent, according to the associations.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment & Recycling Committee

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