Volume : 147

Plastics & Environment News for the Week 11-16 March, 2019

Plastics

Collector warns retailers, firms in TN using ‘banned’ plastic – The Hindu

District Collector K. Rajamani has warned of stringent action against retailers and manufacturers of throwaway plastics that are banned in the State from January 1. According to an official press release, officials are inspecting and seizing the banned plastic products from the users in the city and rural areas and levying spot fine.

Plastic in focus at UN environment forum – The Hindu

Thousands of delegates, business leaders and campaigners are in Nairobi for the five-day UN Environment Assembly, the top annual forum on the planet’s environmental crisis. The UN wants individual countries to sign up to “significantly” reduce plastic production, including a phasing out of single-use plastics by 2030 — a goal inspired by the 2015 Paris Agreement on voluntary reductions of carbon emissions. Countries from around the world set their sights Monday on a pivotal deal to curb plastic waste.

NGT

NGT concerned over implementation of SWM Rules in Delhi- The Indian Express

The National Green Tribunal has expressed its concern over the implementation of the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 in the national capital, saying the situation was highly unsatisfactory. The green panel said it was extremely dissatisfied with the solid waste management in the city and the AAP government cannot just lie back and shun its responsibilities.

SWM / Recycling

A mobile app to help monitor plastics in a marine environment – The Hindu

The National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) and National Centre for Coastal Research have recently launched ‘Marplasts’, a mobile application that can track the plastics in the marine environment. This is part of the ongoing marine plastics study. M.A. Atmanand, director, NIOT said this would help in documentation of data and track analysis. Smart phone users who want to contribute to the environment may help by recording plastics seen in the ocean.

Shimla MC to buy plastic waste to check pollution in Ashwani khud– The Times of India

In a move to check pollution caused by plastic waste in Ashwani Khud, which supplies water to Shimla town, the Shimla municipal corporation will purchase the waste and will process it in waste to energy plant, The counsel for the state government informed NGT that had had taken up the matter in view of solid waste being allegedly dumped into drains illegally connected to Ashwani Khud.

MBMC bags award for innovation –The Asian Age

The Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) has bagged the prestigious Skoch Order of Merit Award for successfully implementing green manure conversion by optimising Nirmalaya (floral offerings). MBMC produces around 1.5 tonnes of compost per month from an average of 50 kg Nirmalaya it receives every day.

BMC to give new bins for collecting hazardous waste- The Indian Express

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to give residents extra bins for collecting hazardous house waste. The civic body has also proposed to promote in-house composting by providing ‘topalis’ (small baskets). The policy is being considered for introducing such bins, which will have a 10-litre capacity.”

BBMP seeks help in streamlining processes at compost plants- The Hindu

With repeated complaints from communities living around compost plants, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has now sought the help of a waste management expert to streamline processes at the plants, besides suggesting standards of operating procedure to be put in place. An official said the expert had already visited two plants – Chikkanagamangala and Karnataka Compost Development Corporation (KCDC).

International

U.S. scrap plastic exports fell 35 percent last year

The U.S. exported 1.3 billion fewer pounds of scrap plastic in 2018 than the year before, new figures show, representing a 35 percent decrease. The most striking is the overall drop in material leaving the U.S. compared to previous years. Exporters shipped 2.4 billion pounds of scrap plastic last year, down from 3.7 billion pounds in 2017 and 4.3 billion pounds in 2016.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment & Recycling Committee

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