Volume : 146

Plastics & Environment News for the Week 04-09 March, 2019

Plastics

Govt puts complete ban on import of solid plastic waste – The Times of India

Taking an important step towards tackling the menace of plastic waste in India, the government has completely banned import of solid plastic waste/scrap into the country. India generates 25,940 tonnes of plastic waste every day. “The country has now completely prohibited the import of solid plastic waste by amending the Hazardous Waste (Management & Trans-boundary Movement) Rules on March 1,” an environment ministry official said.

Clarification on non-woven bags in TN –The Hindu

The Tamilnadu district administration has clarified that the non-woven bags are also made up of plastic and hence are not an alternative to the use-and-throw plastic carry bags. In a press release, the Collector A. Annadurai has said that the polypropylene bags are being misinterpreted by the public as cloth bags. The Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology has confirmed that the non-woven bags are made of polypropylene.

Penalties for violation of plastic ban announced in TN- The Hindu

Local bodies in the State on Tamil Nadu can soon start imposing fines on those violating the ban on 14 kinds of single-use plastics, with the government announcing their quantum. Storage, supply, transport, sale and distribution of any of the 14 banned items, including carry bags, cups or plates, would attract a fine of Rs 25,000 the first time, Rs 50,000 the second and Rs 1 lakh the third. Similarly, the use and distribution of such plastics in large commercial establishments, including grocery shops and pharmaceutical shops, would attract a fine of Rs 1,000 the first time, Rs 2,000 the second and Rs 5,000 the third. For smaller traders, the fine amounts are nominal and they would be asked to pay Rs 100 the first time, Rs 200 the second and Rs 500 the third. If a person commits the breach for a fourth time, the trade license shall be cancelled.

Kolhapur New civic chief to focus on plastic ban– The Times of India

Mallinath Kalshetti, the new commissioner of the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) said the plastic ban would be his priority to stop the harmful effects of plastic on the environment. Citizens should cooperate in this activity. He said plastic ban is very important for environment protection and clean Kolhapur.

Puducherry to impose plastic ban from June 5 – UNI

The Puducherry administration has proposed to impose a ban on plastic from June 5 on the World environment day, according to Science, Technology and environment Department Director Smitha on Tuesday. Smitha said environment minister M Kandasamy had already conducted a consultation meeting to produce alternative products for plastic bags to avoid any inconvenience to the public. The meeting was attended by senior officials including environment secretary Parthiban. It may be noted that the administration has announced a ban on plastic from March 1 and later deferred following agitation by plastic producers and traders.

NGT

Decide within a week on use of plastic poll material, NGT tells EC – The Times of India

Taking a note of plea based various studied and concerns over use of single –use plastics the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked Election Commission and key central agencies to quickly take a call on use of hazardous plastic in banners, hoardings and other materials during upcoming general elections in the country.

SWM / Recycling

Plastic crushing machine for Nashik Road station soon – The Times of India

The Nashik Road railway station will soon have plastic bottle crushing machine to collect and get rid of the waste generated in the railway premises. The announcement was made by RK Sharma, senior divisional commercial manager of Bhusawal division of Central Railway. “The station has been selected as ‘eco-smart’ station following orders from the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

One more plastic bottle recycling machine comes up in Tiruchi- The Hindu

In order to prevent passengers from discarding plastic water bottles another plastic bottle (polyethylene terephthalate) collection machine has been installed at Central Bus Stand. This is the second machine installed at the location. A Tiruchi-based PLA group has donated the machine costing around Rs 3 lakh. The machine can collect 600 bottles a day. Under the system, passengers should drop empty bottles into the machine placed on a platform.

Kozhikode Corporation passes by-law for waste management- The Hindu

Burning of plastic has been banned in Kozhikode Corporation, not just in public places, but private properties too. The revised by-law for waste management passed by the Kozhikode Corporation Council on Wednesday, however, allowed the use of incinerators to burn sanitary napkins and diapers.

Waiver on power bill of waste-to-compost machines in Noida- The Hindustan Times

The Noida authority has decided to partially waive off charges on electricity consumption by waste-to-compost machines for the first two years in residential areas, being run by residents’ welfare associations (RWA), in the city. This comes after a demand for a complete waiver of charges by RWAs and apartment owners’ associations (AOA) on these machines, which convert compost out of green waste in housing complexes. The authority has decided that it will not charge for 50% of electricity consumed by these machines in the first year of installation. This means 50% electricity bill be paid by the authority and remaining 50% to be paid by the RWA in the first year.

Surat is country’s best city on solid waste management- The Times of India

The Swacch Sarvekshan 2019 brought Surat some happiness, as it is adjudged as the best city in Solid Waste Management (SWM) in the country with the top score of 1,613 marks out of maximum of 1,783, all efforts by the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) to improve the city’s overall position.

Programme to study marine litter, pollution on the anvil- The Hindu

The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is looking into the issue of marine pollution and will launch a programme to study marine litter, MoES Secretary M. Rajeevan has said. The Centre will also establish an international training centre for marine taxonomy at the Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology in Kochi.

Ready waste-to-energy plant by April-end’- The Hindu

The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) Commissioner M. Hari Narayanan visited the under-construction waste-to-energy plant at Kapuluppada, in Vizag on Thursday and asked officials that it be completed by the end of April. The 15 MW plant project is being executed by Jindal Urban Waste Management Company at a cost of Rs. 280 crore.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment & Recycling Committee

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