Volume : 141

Plastics & Environment News for the Week 28 January - 2 February, 2019

Plastics

Can Tamil Nadu ban plastic, Madras HC asks Centre - The Times of India

The Madras high court on Tuesday directed the Union government to inform the court whether the state government had powers to implement a ban on the use of plastic products under the Environment Protection Act. Justice M M Sundaresh and Justice Krishnan Ramaswamy passed the interim order after impleading the Centre as party respondent to the plea moved by the Tamil Nadu Plastic Manufacturers Association, challenging the prohibition on the use of Single used plastics imposed by the state.

Mumbai hawkers using plastic to lose license – The Times of India

Getting tougher with those using the banned plastic, starting February 1, BMC has decided to cancel the licenses of hawkers found to be using it. Civic officials said they are hoping stern measures such as cancellation of licenses will act as a deterrent to others. Deputy municipal commissioner Vijay Balamwar said once the license of a hawker is cancelled, he would have to apply again.

Coimbatore Corporation sets up 5 teams to crack down on banned plastics – The Times of India

The Corporation has formed five teams each comprising of six officials including a sanitary inspector. “Each team would be incharge of a zone. They will conduct regular inspection to curtail usage of single-use plastics,” said a corporation official. A team of officials on Monday seized about 10kg of plastic bag slapping a penalty of Rs 10,000. “This is the highest seizure form a single store. Almost a month after the ban in the city corporation has seized about 2,276kg of plastics and collected Rs 4.29 lakh as fine so far.

Government puts on hold sale of compostable bags in TN- The Times of India

The state government has directed the civic bodies to put on hold sale and usage of compostable bags, which was projected as one of the alternatives to banned single-use plastic bags. Traders and business fraternity were disappointed that the lack of alternatives would affect the plastic ban.

Plastic godown gutted in Pune- The Hindustan Times

A major fire broke out inside a plastic items godown located opposite to Mandai police chowki in Tulsibaug on Saturday, January 27, at 7.22 am. No casualties were reported in the incident. Officials said goods worth Rs 5 lakh were destroyed

Plastic packaging a menace, needs to go, say experts- The Hindu

Experts in Chennai have called for plastic packaging using bubble wrap and regular plastic sheets to go under ambit of EPR. While single-use plastic carry bags have been banned and action has been initiated to include fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) in the ambit of extended producers responsibility (EPR), experts underline the need for dealing with packaging using bubble wrap and regular plastic sheets. For them, this is a must if the government is serious about curbing the plastic menace.

Union Minister lauds Puducherry government move to do away with plastics- The Hindu

The current initiative by the Puducherry government to do away with plastics was lauded by Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan at a function for dedicating the Northern reef here. In the course of his address he appreciated the Puducherry government for taking the lead and doing away with single-use plastics.

NGT

States must form waste panels says NGT – The Asian Age

In light of strengthening solid waste management, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has passed an order to ensure compliance of Solid Waste Management Rules 2016 by state governments including Maharashtra. The directions stated that in every state a committee of former high court judges must be appointed to look into the implementation of the tribunal’s orders.

SWM / Recycling

CIPET needs to create technology for producing biodegradable plastic: Venkaiah- The Hindu

Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu has urged CIPET to create awareness and educate people about the need to recycle and reuse plastic items properly, besides focusing on ways to replace conventional plastics with biodegradable polymers. Speaking at the golden jubilee celebrations of the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET) held in Chennai applauded CIPET for training thousands of people, mostly from economically weaker sections to reach higher positions in the plastics industry.

Smart dustbins’ to issue coupons for plastic waste in Chennai- The Hindu

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami launched the ‘reverse vending machine’ promoted by Golden Star Innovations at his Greenways Road residence in Chennai on Thursday. Based on the quantity of the plastic waste and aluminum tins dropped into this ‘smart dustbin’, coupons would be generated. The Chief Minister has advised to sponsor these units in places with more footfall such as malls and transport terminals. Each unit costing between Rs 2.5 to Rs 5 lakh, could store upto 2,500 plastic bottles.

Waste segregation at source to be must – The Hindu

Mayor Soumini Jain has said that the Kochi Corporation will strictly enforce segregation of waste at source. Waste would not be collected from homes unless it was segregated, she said. The Mayor was speaking after inaugurating ‘Eco-cetera’, an eco-friendly flea market part of ‘Project Zero — Waste Free Living’.

Only 15% waste to be picked up from flats says GNIDA -The Times of India

The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) on last Wednesday made it clear that it would pick up only 15% of waste from the group housing societies and private builder complexes from March 15. Their bulk waste will have to be treated by them, within their compound, as per SWM 2016.

IIT-B comes up with solid waste management solution –The Asian Age

A study by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) has come up with a solution to manage the tonnes of municipal solid waste generated in Mumbai every day. It is suggested that the current method of “dumping” in the open be rid of and replacing with recycling, composting, incineration and anaerobic digestion. The researchers compared six different combinations of integrated waste management scenarios with the current method of open dumping in landfills. The result of the study states that there is no single MSW management scenario that performs the best.

International

China’s scrap plastic imports down 99 percent

Year-end customs figures from the Chinese government quantify the country’s overwhelming decrease in recycled plastic purchases in the first year of new import restrictions. Recovered plastic shipments to China dropped by 99.1 percent in 2018 compared with 2017, indicating the country’s restrictions on importing post-consumer plastic have been highly impactful. Chinese companies imported 110 million pounds of scrap plastic in 2018.

Proposed bills in state of Washington address recycling problems

Several groups and individuals in the state of Washington have released proposed legislation to help address some of the major challenges in recycling and solid waste management in the state. The Washington state Department of Ecology introduced some of those proposed bills—Senate Bill 5545 and House Bill 1543—which will look to address the recycling industry problems caused by China’s import restrictions.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment & Recycling Committee

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