Volume : 145

Plastics & Environment News for the Week 25 February, - 01 March, 2019

Plastics

Kochi Corporation enforces ban on plastic bags – The Times of India

The Kochi corporation council that met on Thursday has decided to strictly enforce the ban on plastic carry bags below 50 microns from Friday March 1, 2019. According to reports, around 70 tonnes of plastic carry bags are brought to Ernakulam market every day.

Puducherry Plastic manufacturers continue protest against proposed ban – The Hindu

The All Pondicherry Plastic Traders and Manufacturers Association (APPTMA) has urged the government to drop its proposal to impose a ban on the manufacture, sale, storage and usage of disposable plastic across the Union Territory with effect from March 1. A rally was taken out by the traders and manufacturers from the AFT grounds, which went through important thoroughfares and culminated at Ange Street near the Legislative Assembly.

India's first biodegradable plastic developed by IIT-Guwahati – The Times of India

Scientists from IIT-Guwahati have developed biodegradable plastic with the help of homegrown technology the biodegradable plastic that has passed the hot-beverages test is unique because it has no hazardous chemicals. Till now, the IIT-G centre has been producing 7-8 kg of biodegradable plastics at one go.

Prizes for enforcing plastics ban in Tamilnadu- The Hindu

Minister for Environment, Tamilnadu, K.C. Karuppannan has said that prizes will be given to panchayats, town panchayats and districts for eradicating plastics.Addressing media persons at Kavindapadi, near Bhavani, in Erode on Wednesday, he said that 90% of the traders were cooperating with the government in eliminating plastics and warned of action against officials, who failed to enforce the ban. He said that local bodies and the districts that perform well in eliminating the plastics will be given prizes. He also added that Common Effluent Treatment Plants will be established at Erode, Pallipalayam and Kumarapalayam once it receives grant from central government.

Political parties will not be allowed to use plastic during election – The Times of India

With the Lok Sabha elections drawing nearer, contestants and political parties will have to find out alternative for single-use plastic publicity material. Chief secretary DB Gupta issued an order asking offices involved in holding elections and contestants not to use posters, cut-outs, hoardings, banners and other such material made of plastic.

Centre will ban single-use plastic in three years – The Times of India

Union minister Harsh Vardhan said the Centre will effectively implement the guidelines on safe disposal of plastic waste and management and has set the target to eliminate single-use plastic by 2022. The Centre is also implementing the National Clean Air programme across the country to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.

Plastic traders, manufacturers see drop in business – The Hindu

For the traders and manufacturers of throwaway plastic products, business has dropped almost 50% in the last few weeks since the implementation of ban on plastics in Tamil Nadu since January 1. The ban has been successful mainly in use of plastic carry bags; there is no clarity on use of paper cups, and some of the non-certified products and bags banned in other States are finding their way into Tamil Nadu, they say.

An eco-friendly alternative to plastics- The Hindu

A recently discovered protein, found in squids, could revolutionize materials in a way that would be unattainable with conventional plastic, according to a study. Originating in the ringed teeth of a squid’s predatory arms, this protein can be processed into fibers and films with applications ranging from ‘smart’ clothes for health monitoring, to self-healing recyclable fabrics that reduce micro plastic pollution.

HC seeks view on plastic ban near water bodies in Telangana- The Hindu

The Telangana High Court on Tuesday suggested to the State government to consider imposing ban on usage of plastic, including plastic covers, in the vicinity of water bodies in and around the capital. A division bench comprising Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice A. Rajasekhar Reddy sought to know the views and decisions of the government on the matter and directed it to file an affidavit by March 12.

NGT

NGT asks DPCC to look into plastic recycling units in Nangloi- The Hindu

Following allegation of plastic recycling units operating in Nangloi, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to take appropriate action. A Bench headed by NGT judicial member S.P. Wangdi said, “The applicant alleges operation of a large number of plastic recycling units in residential areas of Nangloi. Let the Delhi Pollution Control Committee and North Delhi Municipal Corporation look into the matter and take appropriate action in accordance with law and furnish a factual and action taken report to this tribunal.”

SWM / Recycling

Anthem on ‘Plastic-free India’ – The Hindu

Union Minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday launched an anthem as part of a campaign to make India plastic-free by 2022. The ‘Plastic Waste-Free India’ anthem has been prepared and produced by Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Smriti Manch (PDUSM). The anthem has been launched in seven languages – Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.

BMC sets up panel for waste collectors – The Indian Express

In a bid to streamline the private companies and NGOs working in waste collection and processing, the BMC now plans to empanel these organisations. The civic body has set up a committee to formulate rules for this.

KMC initiates waste segregation in 20 new wards – The Indian Express

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) introduced a waste segregation project in 20 wards on Tuesday. Under the system, dry waste will be recycled while wet waste will be used to make fertilizer, said KMC officials. As part of the initiative, each house in the 20 wards were given two bins — a white bin for dry waste and a green one for wet waste.

Agra prisoners learn to make bricks from plastic bottles – The Times of India

Prisoners of Agra District Jail will now create “eco bricks” by stuffing PVC (polyvinyl chloride) bottles with polythene and other discarded pieces of plastic. These bricks will be used to build benches and toilets in parks.

Trichy Corporation plans pyrolysis plants to recycle plastic waste – The Times of India

Trichy City Corporation has chalked out a plan to set up decentralized pyrolysis plant (a closed process of decomposing materials at high temperature) in the city. Each of the four zones of the corporation may get a pyrolysis plant, which will convert plastic waste into industrial oil and charcoal for reuse. Such plants can process up to 10 MT of plastic waste a day.

Time to face your waste, Gurugrammers – The Hindustan Times

An installation made with plastic, to question the amount of plastic waste, is coming up in Gurugram. Titled Where Does It Go, a campaign by Municipal Corporation of Gurugram and iamgurgaon, an NGO, will see a walk-in installation made with plastic waste, by artist Arunkumar HG among others. The installation is expected to be completed in the first week of March. Used steel and plastic was collected from schools, offices, condominiums and RWAs, which is being used in the installation.

MCC plans ‘Green Shops’ for making Mysuru ‘plastic-free’- The Hindu

In a bid to encourage Mysurians shun plastic carry bags and help in turning Mysuru into a “plastic-free city”, the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) has proposed to launch ‘Green Shops’ for marketing carry bags made from cloth and paper. The MCC also intends to generate six to seven megawatt power by turning trash into energy.

International

Virgin producers lay out ‘zero waste’ strategy

Chemical producers in Canada view a multi-pronged approach as key to advancing plastics diversion. Mechanical recycling is just one part of that strategy. The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, an industry group that counts among its member’s major chemical producers, oil companies and other plastics stakeholders, recently laid out its vision for chemical industry involvement in pushing toward a circular economy.

Malaysia closes illegal plastic recycling facilities

According to Malaysian government and media reports, close to 140 illegal plastic recycling plants operating in the nation have been closed since the beginning of this year for violating the country’s Environmental Quality Act 1974.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment & Recycling Committee

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