Volume : 150

Plastics & Environment News for the Week 1-6 April, 2019

National

Plastics

Indore becomes first to segregate Plastic waste at source- The Times of India

Indore is all set to become first to segregate plastic waste at source. The Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) will start collecting plastic waste separately from households and even pay residents against plastic collected from them. The initiative is aimed at making waste segregation and collection model sustainable by taking it to micro-level and recycling most of it. This initiative is first in the country.

NGT

NGT chief takes stock of solid waste management in Andhra Pradesh – The Hindu

Justice B. Seshasayana Reddy, Chairman of the State-level Committee formed by the National Green Tribunal, visited the city Amravathi on Wednesday to oversee implementation of solid waste management (SWM) norms. Justice Reddy enquired with the Chief Medical Officer of GVMC and operators of treatment facilities regarding the management of solid waste.

SWM

Industry leaders to address climate change, create new model of growth by 2022 – The Hindu

Industry leaders have come together under the umbrella of India 2022 Coalition to address the climate change issues bogging the country. Last week about 300 business and government leaders will deliberate on finding solutions and achieving sustainability. This year, the partners have decided to focus on solving four challenges: finding clean energy solutions, establishing working models for managing plastic waste, delivering high quality and accessible diagnostic healthcare, and adopting the best sustainable mining practices.

Vellore leads the way in managing solid waste – The Indian Express

Vellore city in Tamil Nadu, with a population of five lakh, has been a trailblazer in decentralised management of solid waste and sending no waste to landfills. More recently, it has earned the remarkable distinction of getting all its residents to separate their wet waste from dry waste, which makes the task of solid waste management so much easier for the municipal corporation. Vellore Municipal Corporation (VMC) responded to the challenge by building 42 sheds for micro composting centers (MCCs) across its 60 wards.

Delhi gears up to set up ‘model wards’ that manage waste the best- The Hindustan Times

From setting up composting machines and segregation of household waste to setting up of rainwater harvesting systems, various wards in the five civic bodies of Delhi are gearing up to become ‘model wards’. At least 12 municipal wards in the civic bodies of East, South, North, New Delhi and the Delhi Cantonment have been identified to be declared as model areas.

Chennai Corporation starts composting at Krishnapuri Park – The Hindu

The Corporation Park at Krishnapuri has taken its first step towards becoming a zero-waste facility, thanks to the sustained campaign by a resident. The civic body has started composting dry leaves and other green waste in the park. The initiative is the result of a sustained campaign by Lakshman Rao, a senior citizen, resident of R.A. Puram.

Chandigarh cracks down on littering – The Indian Express

The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation Monday issued 45 challans of Rs 10,000 each for littering. As many as 40 other challans of Rs 5,000 each were issued for using plastic, the sanitation wing of the civic body said. Most of those who were challaned for Rs 10,000 were owners of eating joints and multinational restaurants.

Ashwini Joshi appointed new Additional Municipal Commissioner Mumbai– The Indian Express

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis named Ashwini Joshi Mumbai’s new additional municipal commissioner on Wednesday. The 2006-batch IAS officer will take over from Idzes Kundan (1996 batch). On Tuesday, the government revised the transfer orders and posted Joshi in the Mumbai municipality.

Business

New Biofuel Policy for Ethanol blending – The Economic Times

The new Biofuel Policy 2018 has fixed a target of achieving 20 per cent ethanol blending with petrol by 2030. The government is targeting to achieve the first milestone of 10 percent of ethanol blending with petrol by 2022. This policy allows use of other than molasses as a feedstock to manufacture ethanol in the country. This includes sugarcane juice, damaged foodgrains, rotten potato, corn, surplus foodgrains, if anyetc.

Government meets fiscal deficit of 3.4% in 2018-19 - The Economic Times

The Finance Ministry is believed to have met the revised fiscal deficit target of 3.4 per cent in the last fiscal 2018-19 largely by cutting expenditure, withdrawals from small savings accounts to meet the food subsidy and higher GST collections. The GST collections, however, touched Rs 1.06 lakh crore in March and the gross GST revenues overshot the target of Rs 11.47 lakh crore.

RBI cuts repo rate by 25 bps to 6% - The Indian Express

In its first meeting in FY'20, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India, headed by Governor Shaktikanta Das, Wednesday cut the key lending rate — repo rate — by 25 basis points from 6.25 per cent to 6 per cent. The RBI has projected a GDP growth of 7.2 per cent for 2019-20

India's services sector output growth at six-month low in Mar: PMI -The Economic Times

The country's services sector activity eased in March with slowest pace of output growth in six-months due to a slower expansion in new work leading to weakest rate of hiring since last September. The seasonally adjusted Nikkei India Services Business Activity Index fell to 52 in March from 52.5 in February, indicating the slowest expansion since last September.

Indian businesses prepare to enter Kazakh market – The Economic Times

Indian businesses are exploring to invest in a slew of sectors including infrastructure and energy in resource rich and Central Asia's biggest state Kazakhstan. The two sides held discussion on number of projects in the fields of energy, industry, agriculture, infrastructure and finance, as well as the capabilities of the Astana International Financial Center. A Kazakh-Indian Investment forum is being held on April 5 in Kolkata.

New government to announce the proposed industrial policy – The Economic Times

Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday said the proposed new industrial policy has been finalised and the new government would announce that. Though the ministry has sent the final proposal of the policy to the Cabinet, but it was not taken up for consideration. It aims at promoting emerging sectors and modernising existing industries. It will also look to reduce regulatory hurdles, cut paper work and support emerging and new sectors and increase exports.

International

Plastics

U.S. scrap plastic exports hit a 14-year low

The U.S. exported 121.5 million pounds of scrap plastic in January, marking the lowest single-month volume since January 2005, trade records show. The January figure, which was published by the U.S. Census Bureau last week, is down nearly 25 million pounds from December. And it’s a 42 percent decline compared with January 2018. The largest importers of U.S. scrap plastic in January were Canada (27.7 million pounds), India (25.0 million), Hong Kong (14.0 million), Mexico (6.7 million), Malaysia (6.6 million), South Korea (6.2 million), Indonesia (6.1 million), Thailand (5.6 million), Taiwan (4.4 million), Turkey (3.8 million) and China (2.4 million).

Explorer to trace flow of plastics down 10 rivers into seas

Italian explorer Alex Bellini plans to travel down the world's 10 most polluted rivers on makeshift rafts, tracing the routes of plastics that pollute the world's oceans. Bellini said that he was inspired by a 2018 study by a German scientist that found 80% of plastic in the world's oceans arrives from just 10 rivers. He began with a voyage down the Ganges River in India on a raft built from garbage last month and intends to complete journeys on all 10 on similarly constructed rafts by 2021, including the Yangtze, the Niger and the Mekong. His final stop will be the Great Pacific Ocean garbage patch. His new journeys are aimed at raising awareness about the source of ocean plastic.

Penang government proposes to charge 50 sen for each plastic bag

The Penang state government, in Malaysia, has proposed to charge 50 sen for each plastic bag from the current charge of 20 sen for each plastic bag in the state. Although the plan will only be implemented after discussion and feedback from various stakeholders, many have voiced their support for the go-green move. Penang is the first state to introduce the ‘No Free Plastic Bag’ campaign on each Saturday since 2009, with a charge of 20 sen for each plastic bag.

Vietnam to end plastic imports in 2025

The Vietnamese government has reiterated its plan to phase out scrap plastic imports altogether, noting all scrap plastic will be barred beginning in 2025. VNExpress reported last week that the government of Vietnam announced the country “will not import plastic scrap from 2025” and will work through the backlog of scrap plastic containers that remain stuck at the country’s ports.

Packaging

EPBP gives nod to perforated PET bottle label concept

The European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) A PET recycling industry group gave its temporary blessing to the use shrink sleeve labels with perforations, which will assist in sorting and recycling. (EPBP) gave a three-year approval to the packaging industry to use double perforated full shrink sleeve labels on some PET bottle products. The idea is for consumers to be instructed to remove the labels before dropping both the label and bottle into the recycling bin. The approval was limited to household and personal care products, not PET beverages, because of concerns that the removed labels could end up as litter when applied to on-the-go products such as drinks.

FPA Study Examines Meaning of Sustainability

The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) has published its latest sustainability report, "Perspectives on the Meaning of Sustainability in Flexible Packaging." FPA commissioned the study to better understand perspectives on sustainability and packaging among both consumers and brand owners. Brand owners surveyed say that sustainability is a priority for their companies, and packaging plays a key role in sustainability efforts. Barriers to increasing sustainability efforts relate to price and quality, and brand owners expect bio-based packaging and biodegradable packaging to drive sustainable packaging trends in the future.

EPR / Recycling

Chemical Recycling to solve the Plastic waste crisis

While the petrochemical industry scrambles to find an answer to mounting plastic waste, one solution stands out as a potentially revolutionary force - chemical recycling. While the petrochemical industry scrambles to find an answer to mounting plastic waste, one solution stands out as a potentially revolutionary force - chemical recycling. New advancements in chemical recycling technologies, which revert plastics back to their original chemical components, could not only make it easier to recycle plastics, vastly cutting into the amount of plastics filling oceans and landfills, but also represent a huge opportunity for petrochemical industry, a new report suggests.

Report says Canadian packaging EPR is failing to deliver

A recycling expert has offered up criticisms of British Columbia’s extended producer responsibility system for printed paper and packaging. “Establishing a producer responsibility organization in a state, province or country that is exempt from antitrust laws and fails to be transparent in its operations creates more problems than it resolves,” wrote Chaz Miller in a recent report. British Columbia was the first state or province in North America to implement an extended producer responsibility (EPR) system making producers fully responsible for funding and managing curbside and drop-off recycling programs for printed paper and packaging.

Huntsville, Alabama, seeks changes to waste program

The Solid Waste Disposal Authority (SWDA) of Huntsville, Alabama, recently announced it has issued a request for proposals (RFPs) for more efficient curbside recycling collection and materials processing services in Huntsville, Madison and Madison County. The authority is also planning to replace the existing small, 18-gallon rectangular bins with larger 95/96-gallon wheeled carts. SWDA says the new automated program will gain efficiencies by utilizing rolling carts that will be serviced on a monthly basis.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment & Recycling Committee

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