Volume : 140

Plastics & Environment News for the Week 21 - 26 January, 2019

Plastics

Norms issued for reopening plastics units in TN – The Hindu

The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has issued guidelines to manufacturers of single use plastics for reopening their units after switching over to either eco-friendly products or products not included in the ban and submit fresh consent application forms to it. At present, over 150 such units in the State are not functioning following the ban.

Don't use single-use plastic for LS poll, Environment Ministry asks states - The Times of India

In order to curb pollution during preparations for Lok Sabha elections, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has asked states and the Union Territories to avoid single-use plastic for preparation of polls. The ministry has also asked them to find an alternative material for the election campaigns.

Remove all plastics within seven days says Kokata Mayor – The Times of India

In an effort to make major hawking zones in Kolkatta plastic free by next week, mayor Firhad Hakim has asked superintendents of all municipal markets in the city to ensure that hawkers don’t use plastic in an y kind. The mayor has also requested police commissioner Rajeev Kumar to instruct all police stations to keep vigil on the use of plastics by hawkers.

India has a 26,000-tonne plastic waste problem -- The Times of India

Union environment secretary, C K Mishra, shared standard guidelines with states and UTs, asking them for taking up and stepping up prohibitive actions. The guidelines suggest different set of actions, including legal ones, which the states may take to minimise production and use of single-use plastic to meet its 2022 goal. India generates 25,940 tonnes of plastic waste every day, but 40% of it remains uncollected causing choking of drainage and river systems, littering of the marine ecosystem, soil and water pollution. These facts are stated in the Centre’s latest missive to states and UTs on phasing out single-use plastic which is neither biodegradable nor recyclable.

Tamil Nadu may ban sachets, biscuit wrappers- The Times of India

Three weeks after the ban on 14 single-use plastic items kicked in across Tamil Nadu, the government has cracked down on all . multilayered plastic material used to pack items like biscuits, creams and shampoos Ninety five companies have been issued notice saying they will not be able to market their products packaged with such material in the state until they register with the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board and comply with the PWM rules.

SWM / Recycling

Drive launched in Mumbai to recycle plastic - The Times of India

'Plastic Banega Fantastic', a plastic recycling initiative was launched on Saturday in an effort to keep public places clean and hopes to collect enough plastic waste to be recycled into daily utility objects that will be given back to sections of society in need .This is an initiative of Hindustan Lever along with NGOs, residents and local stakeholders in the Mumbai Bengaluru and Delhi.

BMC collects over 48,000 kg plastic, fine of Rs 2.21 cr – The Indian Express

In a bid to improve the implementation of the ban, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation BMC is now planning to give its teams daily targets. The civic body claims to have collected 48,841 kg of plastic and fine totalling Rs 2.21 crore in the seven months that have passed since single-use plastic items were banned across the city.

Plastic bottle recycling machine inaugurated at bus stand in Salem – The Hindu

A plastic bottle recycling machine that helps people avail themselves of benefits has been installed at platform no: 2 at Dr. M.G.R. Central Bus Stand (New Bus Stand) here on Tuesday. Under the Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, companies had contributed Rs. 2 lakh and installed the machine that will be maintained by the Corporation. People need to drop the empty bottle (250 ml to 2.25 litres) into the machine after which a voice will ask them to choose one of the five options: coupon, donate, water, mobile and wi-fi facility.

Chandigarh Mayor Rajesh Kalia says Waste segregation my priority- The Indian Express

Newly elected Chandigarh Mayor Rajesh Kalia who had led the agitation of garbage collectors for implementing Segregation of waste at household level says Waste segregation my priority will review the complete project now. There is no such area, which is unattended by the garbage collectors and Changes, if need be, will be made in the entire proposal of waste segregation.

VMC to make composting units compulsory – The Times of India

Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) is proposing to make onsite composting units compulsory in residential and commercial in the city daily due to space constraints It has become a burden for the VMC to handle solid wastes . Town planning wing of VMC has made composting units mandatory for providing building plans with the directions of higher authorities.

PMC objects to fines proposed by govt, for SWM- The Indian Express

The Pune Municipal Corporation has urged the state government to allow it to decide the penalty for violation of solid waste management by-laws in areas under its jurisdiction. The PMC had raised an objection to the penalty fixed. “The user charges and penalty fixed by the government are less. The situation in each civic body varies, so the PMC has suggested that the government should let civic bodies decide the user charges and penalty,

Kozhikode to set up more biogas plants, ring compost units soon- The Hindu

The Kozhikode city corporation is planning to set up 3,000 new biogas plants and 8,000 ring compost units with the support of interested residents and firms. The households will be selected by January-end, and they will get a subsidy of up to 50% of the cost of installing the units.

Madurai Corporation to start dry waste collection centres - The Times of India

Madurai the civic body is planning to start eight permanent dry waste collection centres in the city following the success of the ‘Bucket Challenge’, a programme carried out by the Madurai City Municipal Corporation to collect dry waste during Pongal . The collected waste would be recycled.

Over 8 tonnes of plastics seized in Thiruchirapalli - The Hindu

Periodic checks by monitoring teams have resulted in seizure of 8.823 tonnes of plastics in the Pudukottai district in Thiruchirapalli, since the ban was imposed by the State government from January 1. Alongside carrying out awareness programmes on the hazards of using plastics, multiple teams were constituted by the Pudukottai municipal authorities in an effort to check usage of plastics.

International

Canadian agri plastics effort gets green light

The government of Alberta has given approval and funding for a three-year pilot project focused on agricultural plastics recycling. The Canadian province’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on Jan. 21 announced the approval of Agricultural Plastics Recycling Group’s (APRG’s) program to recycle grain bags and twine. The government also awarded 750,000 Canadian dollars (about $562,000) for the project.

Washington considers plastic bag ban

Lawmakers in the state of Washington introduced a bill that would ban single-use plastic bags across the state. House Bill 1205 would prohibit retail establishments from giving customers single-use plastic carryout bags or paper bags that do not meet recycling requirements.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment & Recycling Committee

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