Volume : 152

Plastics & Environment News for the Week 14-20 April, 2019

National

Plastics

Kerala HC declines to interfere in order on plastic carry bags – The Hindu

The Kerala High Court has declined to interfere with a government order mandating that all plastic carry bags must have labelling with details such as name and registration of the manufacturer and thickness of the material, and that no plastic carry bags below 40 microns be produced or marketed. The court was closing a petition filed by the Vadakara Merchants’ Association, Kozhikode, challenging the government order. The order further prohibited disposing or dumping waste in plastic carry bags or other non-biodegradable material in any public place or roadside and provided for prosecution of such persons found dumping waste by the roadside, the court pointed out.

Punjab to build link roads with MLP waste recycled plastic – The Times of India

After using multi-layered plastic (MLP) waste with bitumen in re-carpeting of a road, the Punjab government has decided to use the mix for re-carpeting of link roads across the state. Of total 61,436 km of link roads in the state, the government has initiated the work on about 300 KM Punjab will become the first state in the country to use MLP waste in building roads.

Mysuru Forest dept uses disposed plastic bottles for Drip irrigation- The Times of India

The forest department officials in mysuru are collecting two-litre soft drink bottles disposed by public. The bottles are being used as a tool for drip irrigation for plants during summer The concept is under pilot project in KR Pet and will be adopted in other places in Mysuru division. Drip irrigation using plastic bottles was first initiated in the district.

RMC, snack makers’ meet on plastic inconclusive– The Times of India

Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) officials and snacks makers’ meeting over disposal of multilayer plastic that the manufacturers use as wrappers for their snack item concluded inconclusively. The civic body had suggested making Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) from the waste generated from these packets to the manufacturers but the manufacturers are still working out the cost details for the same.

Disneyland Paris bans plastic straws – The Hindu

Disneyland Paris on Monday announced a series of measures to make Europe's biggest private tourist attraction more environmentally friendly, including banning plastic straws. The theme park east of the French capital produced 19 tonnes of waste last year.

NGT

NGT gives Goa government 6 weeks to clean up, enforce rules – The Times of India

The National Green Tribunal has given the state government six weeks to comply with a set of rules to clean up the environment and protect it In a scathing indictment of the government for failing to fulfil its obligations for a proper solid waste management and biomedical and plastic waste management processes, the NGT bench also asked it to evaluate the damage caused and the cost required for its restoration.

SWM

Indian student invents robots for cleaner, greener environment- The Hindustan Times

An Indian student in Abu Dhabi has developed robot - MBot to help protect marine life according to reports. “MBot is a prototype robot that can remove floating wastes from surface water. It is basically shaped like a boat and can be operated remotely with a radio control. It runs with two motors that help the boat move in the water an innovation he hopes would be implemented on a bigger scale in the UAE. Sainath Manikandan, a student at GEMS United Indian School, built the Marine Robot Cleaner (MBot Cleaner) that helps preserve the marine environment.

Bihar to get two plastic waste processing units – The Times of India

The government will soon set up two plastic waste processing units one in north Bihar and the other in south Bihar. urban development and housing department (UDHD) Principal secretary Chaitanya Prasad said, “The department will soon float an expression of interest for inviting organizations that are interested in setting up a waste processing unit.

In Bengaluru, an open source platform to sort garbage- The Hindu

Indian IT giant Mindtree has developed an app, called “I Got Garbage” (IGG) that helps sort garbage using a QR code. The app helps weigh each type of waste (wet, dry, rejects) on a digital scale and one needs to enter the weight information on a mobile application. It analyses the data in order to determine the weight of each sub-category of waste. With this information, companies can draw up plans for waste reduction in particular streams, such as wet or dry waste, plastic waste and construction debris.

Chandigarh challan drive over 200 imposed with penalty for littering – The Indian Express

As many as 200 people in Chandigarh were challaned for littering and using plastic over last 10 days, according to the details with medical officer of health wing of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation. The violators for littering have been fined Rs 10,000, while those using plastic have been fined Rs 5,000. Civic body collected Rs 12 lakh with the fines.

Berhampur civic body to train ragpickers- The Hindu

Odisha’s Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) has started a programme to organise and train ragpickers for their emancipation and to improve cleanliness in the city by recycling of plastic waste. The training of the first batch of 36 ragpickers started at the BeMC conference hall.

WII, National Geographic Society to monitor plastic pollution across Ganga- The Hindustan Times

The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) along with US-based National Geographic Society (NGS), will start monitoring the accumulation of plastic waste and its effect on marine life along the course of Ganga from April. According to MoU signed between NGS and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change regarding the project under which the institutes would monitor the whole course of Ganga, from Gomukh to Ganga Sagar. Experts, after studying the plastic content, would give solutions to conserve the marine life of Ganga. The first half of the survey is scheduled to start by the end of April.

Delhi HC stays Rs 1 lakh fine on Mayapuri traders- The Indian Express

The Delhi High Court Monday stayed the operation of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) order imposing environment damage charges of Rs 1 lakh each on industrial units in West Delhi’s Mayapuri, which are allegedly causing pollution, directly or indirectly, by engaging in scrapping activity. “No coercive steps be taken by authorities to recover the environment damage charges of Rs 1 lakh each on the units till next date of hearing, April 26,” Justice Vibhu Bakhru said.

International

Plastics / Plastics bag

Oklahoma Legislature approves ban on taxing plastic bags

The Oklahoma Legislature has approved a bill to prevent cities and towns from imposing a fee on single-use plastic and paper bags and it will now proceed to the governor's office. The measure aims to bar local governments from prohibiting or taxing "auxiliary containers" used for carrying groceries, carryout and other bought items. The Journal Record reports that the Oklahoma House passed Sen. James Leewright's proposal Tuesday. The measure was already approved in the Senate./div>

Thailand to ban three kinds of plastic by end of this year

By the end of 2019 Thailand will be free from three types of plastic – microbeads, cap seals and oxo-degradable plastics. The Cabinet has acknowledged the road map and assigned the Natural Resource and Environment Ministry to formulate a draft action plan for plastic waste management for next 20 years. Then by 2022 four other types of single-use plastics will also be banned – lightweight plastic bags less than 36 microns thick; styrofoam food containers for takeaways; plastic cups and plastic straws – according to a road map approved by the Cabinet. The Plastic Waste Management Road Map 2018-2030 also includes an ambitious plan for Thailand to use 100 per cent recycled plastic by 2027 in various forms, including turning waste into energy.

Walmart will offer reusable plastic bags at cash registers

Walmart has announced that it would begin offering reusable plastic bags made with recycled plastic fibers at cash registers, in an effort to move toward its sustainability goals. The reusable bags will cost $0.98, and Walmart will continue to offer customers single-use plastic bags for free.

Packaging

Samsonite launch new collection made from 100% RPET

Luggage company Samsonite has launched a new collection made with knitted material technology using 100% RPET yarn. The new Neoknit collection is made from knitted fabric and can be recycled again afterwards through a circular ‘cradle-to-cradle’ process to create new yarn to make new bags. The yarn is made from recycled plastic drinking bottles for the outside fabric.

Bag-In-Box Solution Protects Freshness of Water

DS Smith Plastics, Rapak introduced its specially formulated Eco-Pure film for bag-in-box water is designed with reduced additives to ensure a superior taste profile free from off-flavors or odors. The Eco-Pure bag includes an ultra-clean, specially formulated, inner film layer free of additives to ensure excellent organoleptic properties that protects the quality of the water.

Research / Technology

Styrofoam-Eating Worms Could Hold the Solution to Planet’s Plastic Waste Worries

Researchers at Stanford University may have found a better potential solution. They discovered, in collaboration with Chinese scientists, that mealworms are able to literally eat Styrofoam. Not only that, but they also turn it into excrement that is totally biodegradable and safe for the environment. The study found that 100 mealworms were able to consume 40 mg of Styrofoam per day thus transforming harmful plastics into harmless biomaterial.

EPR / Recycling

Clothing giant boosts RPET fiber consumption

Global Apparel Company H&M used the equivalent of 325 million PET bottles in its recycled polyester last year, substantially up from the year before. According to the company’s 2018 sustainability report, H&M is the sixth-largest consumer of recycled polyester in the world. Last year’s recycled PET (RPET) consumption was up from its use of the equivalent of 100 million PET bottles in 2017.

Adidas rolls out first recyclable shoe

Adidas, Germany, is testing out its 100 percent recyclable running shoe, the first generation all-white Futurecraft Loop performance running shoes, on 200 “leading creators” from across the world ahead of the brand’s plans to commercialize them in 2021. The shoe is made with reusable thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), which is spun into yarn, knitted and fused using Adidas’ Speedfactory technology. At their end-of-life, the shoes are washed, ground to pellets and melted into material that can go back into making the next generation Loop shoe.

Apple, Samsung, VIVO and other companies found violating EPR rules

10 tech companies like Apple, Samsung, Vivo, HP, Motorola and others have reportedly had their import licenses suspended in India for not complying with EPR rules. According to ET reports finished devices and raw material worth Rs 5,000 crore are stuck at customs because the companies violated EPR guidelines.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment & Recycling Committee

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