Volume : 144

Plastics & Environment News for the Week 18 - 23 February, 2019


Railways may ban plastics in 36 stations – The Hindu

The Indian Railways may ban plastics and enforce the ‘polluter pays’ rule at 36 major railway stations across the country Among some prominent railway stations shortlisted for the scheme are New Delhi, Mumbai Central, Howrah, Allahabad, Lucknow, Guwahati, Secunderabad, Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar, Pune, Mysore and Jaipur including Chennai Central, Tiruchi and Thiruvananthapuram in Southern Railway.

SWM / Recycling

BMC puts Rs 10,000 crore sewage plant tenders on hold - The Times of India

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has put its Rs 10,000 crore sewage treatment plant tendering process on hold following a recent National Green Tribunal (NGT) order that has stayed the 2017 ministry of environment and forests notification relaxing sewage discharge regulations. NGT has asked an expert committee to examine the effects of the relaxed conditions on biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and total suspended solids (TSS) in water bodies. The committee has been asked to submit its report before March 31, 2019.

BMC’s waste-to-energy plant project delayed yet again – The Indian Express

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) ambitious plan to generate energy out of the waste at Deonar dumping yard has been delayed, yet again. The four bidders that have shown their interest in the project have sought an extension, sixth so far, to conduct a contour survey and estimate calorific value of the waste. The civic body has extended the bidding deadline till next month.

Rs 10 crore to be spent on cleaning Mithi River – The Asian Age

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will spend Rs 10 crore to clear the Mithi River in the MMRDA area. The 1.5km stretch of river which comes between G block and Premnagar nullah will be cleaned by removing floating garbage. At both ends, the contractor will fix a net to hold the trash.

Confusion about garbage tender for bulk generators – The Hindu

Bulk generators, such as tech parks and apartment complexes, are in a quandary after the recent announcement by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) that it is thinking of floating tenders to collect segregated wet waste from bulk generators, including large apartment complexes BBMP Commissioner N. Manjunath Prasad clarified that in situ composting is mandatory for bulk generators who generate more than 100 kg of waste every day. The tender to collect wet waste is for bulk generators who generate anywhere between 10 kg and 100 kg of waste every day.

AMC not to hike fee for solid waste mgmt – The Times of India

The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has decided not to hike the user fee towards solid waste management had earlier decided to the increase the user fee, but has decided to continue with its existing tax regime for the next financial year 2019-20. The AMC annually charges Rs 100 and Rs500 as a user fee towards solid waste management.

Micro composting centres planned at 19 places across Salem city – The Hindu

In a move to decentralise the processing of municipal solid waste, the Salem Municipal Corporation has proposed to establish micro composting centres at 19 places across the city. Currently, the garbage collected from residential areas and commercial establishments in all the 60 wards were dumped at composting yard at Vendipalayam and Vairapalayam.

Synthetic fibres contribute to plastic pollution in environment: Study – The Hindu

Polyester and other synthetic fibres like nylon are major contributors of micro plastics pollution in the environment, say researchers and suggest switching to biosynthetic fibres to prevent this. “These materials, during production, processing and after use, break down and release microfibers that can now be found in everything and everyone,” said Melik Demirel, Professor at the Pennsylvania State University in the US.

Seminar discusses best SWM practices in Kerala- The Hindu

The best practices by local government bodies in the district in waste treatment and management were expounded at a seminar organised in Kochi on Thursday jointly by Clean Kerala Mission and Green Keralam Mission. The seminar was organised as part of the 1,000th day celebrations of the State government.


Researchers unveil polyolefins-to-chemicals process

A team at Purdue University has developed a unique method for converting scrap polyolefins into oil, fuels or monomers for use in new plastics. The conversion process uses selective extraction and hydrothermal liquefaction to convert plastic into naptha, which can be used to create other chemical products.

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For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
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