Volume : 151

Plastics & Environment News for the Week 7-13 April, 2019

National

Plastics

Norway body to help rid sea of plastic- The Times of India

Norwegian Shipowners' Association on Tuesday committed to work together with Mumbai's Afroz Shah to tackle plastic pollution in oceans and the increasing problem of marine debris. India and Norway have for the first time signed a MoU to tackle marine pollution as a three-year initiative between 2019 and 2021.

Goa govt plans to ban single-use plastics from September- The Business Standard

The Goa government is planning to bring in a legislation to ban single-use plastic items like straws, cutlery and bags in the state from September, an official said on Thursday. The government wants to make an amendment to the Goa Non-Biodegradable Garbage Control Act to ensure a complete ban on the single-use plastics, a senior officer from the state panchayat department told PTI. The amendment is currently being drafted and is likely to be introduced during the state Assembly's monsoon session.

Fabric made of PET bottles; RIL, Raymond join hands for green fibre- The Financial Express

Reliance Industries’ innovative plastic made fibre called R|Elan GreenGold has found another partner. Raymond recently announced its collaboration with Mukesh Ambani’s RIL for a fabric made from waste plastic bottles. Made by employing Reliance Industry technology, the fabric called Ecovera is being promoted as the greenest fibre in the world by the company. “R|Elan GreenGold is made by recycling post-consumer waste PET bottles, using biofuels and energy-efficient processes”, Raymond said. With this, the company looks to reclaim 1 million PET bottles from landfills, it added. The company is expecting to launch the fabric in 1500 stores spread across 700 cities in India.

Youngsters recycle plastic bottles to make bird feeders – The Times of India

Youngsters in Madurai have made food and water feeders from plastic wastes for birds, which could be hung in houses, to quench their thirst and ensure that they do not strave in summer. The youngsters’ associates with a NGO Urvanam, said that their aim was to setup at least 500 food and water feeders for birds across Madurai.

Strict ban on plastics in Kerala’s protected areas- The Hindu

Taking a serious view of the rampant pollution in forests, the Forest Department of Kerala has decided to impose a strict ban on the influx of plastic disposables in protected areas in the State with immediate effect. Green protocol will be strictly implemented in all protected areas, including 17 wildlife sanctuaries, five national parks and a community reserve, which constituted over one-fifth of the total forest area in Kerala.

SWM

Waste management a key poll plank in Kochi- The Hindu

A solution to the vexed problem of solid waste management is among the priorities listed by prominent political parties in their campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in Ernakulam. With citizens and people’s organisations stepping up their demand for a scientific solution, the United Democratic Front (UDF), Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have included setting up Modern garbage plant, and Central support are among promises made by parties among their key election promises

In Delhi’s Tagore Garden, SDMC begins waste segregation- The Hindustan Times

In a first, the west zone of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation has from Monday begun a scheme — ‘Geela Kooda Lao Aur Khaad Le Jao (Get your organic waste, take compost for free)’ — at Tagore Garden. At a function held near a temple in the area on Monday, deputy commissioner Purva Garg, superintending engineer Rajiv Jain and other SDMC officials gave away brown paper bags full of compost to interested local residents, who could use it for home gardening. Beginning December last year, SDMC was encouraging residents of some blocks in the area to segregate their garbage at the household-level.

SC allows BMC to use Deonar dump ground till December 31- The Asian Age

The Bombay high court on Tuesday, as last chance, granted the BMC permission to continue using the Deonar dumping ground till December 31, 2019, for dumping 450 metric tonnes of garbage per day. However, the court said that this was the “last extension” being granted to the BMC. The court directed the BMC to find an alternate site for dumping garbage by December end.

North MCD plans to ‘dry tomb’ Bhalswa landfill, experts disagree- The Hindustan Times

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has floated a tender for remediation of the Bhalswa landfill on GT Karnal Road, the second biggest dump yard in the national capital after the one in Ghazipur in east Delhi.O fficials said the north civic body has adopted the ‘green capping’ or ‘dry tombing of garbage’ model, employed by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) recently to shrink its Okhla landfill from 58 metres to 38 metres in the eight months since June 2018.

NMC claims solid waste management, processing have improved-The Times of India

The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) claims that there has been a significant improvement in the functioning of its solid waste management plant at Vilholi near Pathardi Phata. Even the demand for compost has increased and farmers from other states are visiting the plant to see its functioning and making of the compost, Recently, a team of farmers from UP visited the compost plant and have shown interest in buying the compost.

Platform to champion the cause of clean air launched -The Hindu

In a bid to keep a check on the air quality in Bengaluru, ‘Healthy Air Coalition Bengaluru’, a platform led by experts and individuals from the health sector, along with environmentalists, affected individuals and concerned citizens, was launched on last weekend. The initiative will see 40 air quality monitoring devices installed in 15 locations across the city.

Business

India meets fiscal deficit target of 3.4% via spending cuts - The Economic Times

India has met the fiscal deficit target of 3.4 percent of gross domestic product in 2018/19 fiscal year ended March 31, by cuts in state spending and higher borrowings from small savings funds .The government missed the tax collections target by over 1 trillion rupees ($14.41 billion), including about 500 billion rupees shortfall in income tax receipts, said the source, who requested anonymity.

India needs to focus on exports, says World Bank- The Financial Express

India’s economic growth in recent years has been “too much” driven by domestic demand and its exports were about one third of its potential, a World Bank official said, asserting that the next government needs to focus on export-led growth. Praising attempts to liberalize markets within India, Hans Timmer, World Bank Chief Economist for the South Asia Region said “that is what is needed to become more competitive.”

Major challenges for exporters, timely support needed says FIEO- The Financial Express

Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) has said that Rising protectionism, fluctuation in commodity prices and inadequate availability of liquidity are the three major challenges, which exporters will face in the coming months. It also added that WTO has already cautioned that the global trade growth is expected to be lower in 2019 than it was last year. Timely support by the government would help deal with these issues.

India’s imports from China slow down by 5%- The Financial Express

India’s imports from China stood at USD 60 billion during the April-January period of 2018-19 fiscal, a deceleration of 5 per cent over the corresponding period a year ago, PHD Chamber of Commerce said Saturday. According to the chamber, India’s trade deficit with China also eased to USD 46 billion in April-January 2019 from USD 53 billion in the same period a year ago. Over the past decade, China has been able to enhance its footprint in India to a greater extent. However, the trend has seen a reversal in the April-Jan 2018-19, as the Indian export to china increased from USD 10 billion in April-January 2018 to USD 14 billion in April-January 2019.

India probes dumping of ‘aluminium, zinc products’ from China, Vietnam, Korea- The Financial Express

India has begun a probe into alleged dumping of aluminium and zinc coated flat products from China, Vietnam and Korea following a complaint. In a notification, DGTR said it has found “sufficient evidence” of dumping of the goods by these countries. “The authority hereby initiates an investigation into the alleged dumping, and consequent injury to the domestic industry…to determine the existence, degree and effect of alleged dumping and to recommend the amount of antidumping duty, which if levied, would be adequate to remove the injury to the domestic industry,” it said.

RIL's Navi Mumbai project may attract $75 bn investments in over 10 years- The Business Standard

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Group now sees long-term promise in a new megacity. It’s working on a blueprint for setting up a megacity near Mumbai, which is expected to attract investments of up to $75 billion in the next decade. Ambani's new city is expected to be rolled out at an unprecedented scale, in the same way the RIL Group has implemented and executed projects such as the Jamnagar refinery, and Jio more recently.

MSME credit growth remains robust, CIBIL warns of possible NPA stack up– The Economic Times

According to transunion cibil report the outstanding credit to MSMEs grew to Rs 25.2 lakh crore at the end of 2018 from Rs 10.4 lakh crore n 2013 at a compound growth rate of 19.6% .The report said the mid and large corporate segment held the biggest share of the overall credit at about 43%, with an exposure of Rs 47.5 lakh crore. There is a significant acceleration in lending in the past couple of years, but growth of this magnitude needs to be monitored carefully

Service providers can opt for GST composition scheme by April 30: CBIC– The Economic Times

The tax department has given service providers with turnover of up to Rs 50 lakh time till April 30 to opt for the composition scheme and pay 6 per cent GST. Businesses which apply for new registration may avail the said benefit in Form GST REG-01 at the time of filing application for registration.

Gaps in e-way bill reporting mechanism may be closed - The Economic Times

After detecting mismatches in some e-way bill submissions, the Centre is now examining more GST Network (GSTN) data to see if such evasions are increasing sufficiently enough to consider withdrawing the facility of generating multiple e-way bills on a single invoice. Designed as an anti-evasion measure, the e-way bill system was rolled out on April 1, 2018, for moving goods worth over Rs 50,000 from one state to another.

Some reforms in India show benefits of digitalization: IMF- The Economic Times

The IMF in its latest fiscal monitor report said that some reforms in India show the benefits of digitalization and reducing opportunities for discretion and fraud. The introduction of e-procurement in India has also increased competition and led to a better quality of construction.

International

Plastics

SC Senate moves forward with bill that would ban 'plastic bag bans'

The ban on plastics bags, which has been passed by several local municipalities in South Carolina United States, may soon be at risk. A bill that would ban those local bans took one step forward Thursday, now moving to the Senate floor. Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Mount Pleasant are just a few places that have passed plastic bag bans. This bill would dissolve the local bans, only allowing the state legislature to make the decision. Several local mayors have vocalized their opposition to the bill. Those in favor of the bill say the different regulations make it confusing for business in the state.

China to cut 'waste' imports to zero in 2020

China aims to cut "solid waste" imports to zero by next year as it seeks to reduce pollution and encourage recyclers to manage the increasing volumes of domestic trash, a senior environment ministry official reports to Reuters. Qiu Qiwen, director of Ministry Ecology and Environment (MEE) solid waste division, says, “China will further tighten restrictions on waste imports and eventually aims to realize zero waste imports by 2020.”

Drinks bottles now biggest plastic menace for waterways

Plastic bottles, the detritus of our throwaway water and soft drinks habits, are the most prevalent form of plastic pollution in European waterways, according to the Plastic Rivers report from Earthwatch Europe and Plastic Oceans, UK. Food wrappers, including crisp and sweet packets, were the second biggest form of plastic pollution in rivers, followed by cigarette butts. All of these forms of litter can cause problems for wildlife and fish, and are hard to clean up once they have found their way into the water. Plastic bags were found to make up only 1% of plastic rubbish in freshwater, reflecting years of efforts to reduce their use, including charges on them in the UK and many other European countries.

Tanzania to ban single-use plastics by July

Tanzania plans to ban the production, importation, sale and use of all single-use plastic bags by July, to help tackle pollution from non-biodegradable waste. The East African nation is the latest country to make a formal commitment to phase out single-use non-biodegradable plastics, which have been identified by the United Nations as one of the world’s biggest environmental challenges.

Packaging

Blueloop flexible range for circularity

Global food and drink packaging specialist Huhtamaki has launched blueloop, a new range of recyclable flexible packaging made of mono-material PP, PE and paper. Huhtamaki blueloop solutions involve innovative polyolefin structures to pack coffee, snacks, dry food, personal care and other fast-moving consumer products. The range also includes paper-based solutions to replace plastic packaging.

Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) Impact conference held

Hundreds of packaging stakeholders came together last week in Seattle to talk sustainability. And recycling factored into the conversation in a number of ways. At the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) Impact conference, speakers discussed how society’s pollution concerns are affecting materials decisions. They also offered insights into brand owner goals, the development of a recycled material standard that would foster new recycling capacity, and more.

Technology

Tesco embraces plastics-to-oil technology

UK firm Recycling Technologies is helping supermarket chain Tesco to process plastics deemed ‘unrecyclable’ at 10 stores in the Bristol and Swindon areas. Tesco customers will soon be able to return items such as pet food pouches, shopping bags and crisp packets. These materials have become an issue because they are not collected by local waste management services. All input will be treated by Swindon-based Recycling Technologies. Its innovative Plaxx process will convert the packaging into an oil that can be used to make new plastic.

Pineapple Peels & Waste from Fresh Cut used to Create Bio-Based Plastics

US based The Star Group of Companies is researching a move towards bio-plastics in packaging innovation. They believe that if pineapple peels and the rinds from melons can be used to create bio-based plastics in the future then it is a huge win. With the use of peels and waste from its fresh-cut operation, ‘Sliced FC’ - The Star Group of Companies is following cellulose-based packaging options to close the circle. David Karwacki, CEO of The Star Group said, “These bio-plastics need to be high performing and cost-effective. This is where we are focusing our attention with scientists and researchers”. Research is being done across North America to change feedstock into bio-plastics. Corn in the US and Canada, sugar cane in Brazil and Canola in Europe are common sources of feedstock being used. Scientists are working on solutions for bio-plastics that are clearer with better vapor blockades for long shelf life and better yield off of feedstock for inexpensive bioplastics alternatives.

EPR / Recycling

Iowa, Tennessee Pass Bills Supporting Advanced Plastics Recycling

Iowa and Tennessee have just passed bills supporting advanced recycling facilities that convert plastic waste into raw material via chemical recycling, which includes pyrolysis and depolymerization. The Iowa House and Senate passed Senate File 534 and the Tennessee House and Senate passed Senate Bill 0923 in support of advanced recycling facilities that convert plastic scrap into raw material using pyrolysis or chemical recycling. In passing SF 534 and SB 0923, Iowa and Tennessee become the most recent states to create a welcoming environment for businesses to convert more post-consumer plastics into valuable raw materials, keeping more of our plastic resources out of landfills.

Plans to build UK's first plastic-to-hydrogen recycling plant unveiled

Energy-from-waste firm Waste2Tricity has revealed plans to develop the UK's first industrial-scale facility capable of converting waste plastics into hydrogen in Cheshire. The proposed facility will span 54 acres and have the capacity to treat up to 25 tonnes of waste plastic each day, generating one tonne of hydrogen and 28MWh of electricity in the process. Waste2Tricity claims that it would be capable of processing almost all kinds of plastics, including packaging, rigid plastics and used tyres.

Study details ‘transformational’ tech in plastics recycling

At least 60 organizations are working to scale up depolymerization, pyrolysis and other emerging plastic processing methods. The North American market for the resulting products could top $100 billion annually. “Accelerating Circular Supply Chains for Plastics,” is the first comprehensive analysis of the range of approaches to plastics processing that are sometimes referred to as chemical recycling. The 88-page report from Closed Loop Partners divides the emerging-technology sector into several distinct categories, and it strives to deliver a relatively non-technical explanation of the market.

Brightmark closes $260M financing for plastics-to-fuel plant

Waste and energy development company Brightmark Energy announced the closing of a $260 million financing package for construction of the nation’s first commercial-scale plastics-to-fuel plant, to be built in Ashley, Indiana. Financing for the project includes $185 million in Indiana green bonds. The Ashley facility will be the first of its kind to take mixed waste, single-use plastics and convert them into usable products at commercial scale. The facility will initially convert roughly 100,000 tons of plastics into over 18 million gallons a year of ultra-low sulfur diesel and naphtha blend stocks, and nearly six million gallons a year of commercial grade wax in a process that’s expected to be 93% efficient.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment & Recycling Committee

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