Volume : 153

Plastics & Environment News for the Week 21-27 April, 2019

National

Plastics

9-member committee to enforce ban on plastic use in Kedarnath yatra- The Times of India

A nine-member committee has been formed to enforce ban on plastic use in Kedarnath yatra which starts on May 9. Additionally, Rudraprayag district authorities have roped in village residents to assist them.

Water pouch manufacturers can carry on business if they follow norms- The Times of India

The Aurangabad bench of Bombay high court has allowed water pouch manufacturers to carry on their business if they follow the thickness, recyclability and extended producer responsibility (EPR). Placing the next date of hearing on the petition June 6, the court observed: “Needless to state that if products of the petitioner are within the purview of the exemptions enumerated in the notification June 30, 2018, then they may be permitted to proceed with their activity complying with all the parameters and conditions laid down.”

Odisha Govt asks colleges to remove plastic from campuses-- The Times of India

The higher education department in Odisha has asked its degree colleges and universities to take necessary steps to remove single-use plastic from the campuses. It has issued the letter ahead of the World Environment Day that falls on June 5 every year.

SWM

GCC plans to set up pyrolysis plant to tackle plastic waste- The Times of India

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) is planning to set up pyrolysis plant to manage plastic waste and produce fuel from it. “It is in the discussion stage. Chengalpet municipality has set up similar plants. ‘’We also want to set up such plants as a long-term solution to managing plastic waste,” said corporation commissioner G Prakash.

Chandigarh administration bats for bitumen on Madhya Marg- The Indian Express

The Chandigarh Administration has decided not to follow the recommendations of the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) for recarpeting the Madhya Marg with a foam stabilized mix made of scraps instead of bitumen after scrapping the road to solve the problem of an uneven road and gradient, which leads to waterlogging during rain.

Pune Municipal Corporation writes to EC to clear waste treatment plant files- The Hindustan Times

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has written to the Election Commission to allow project files related to three waste treatment plant to be cleared, that are stuck owing to the model code of conduct, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. The civic body initiated the work in the nine waste treatment plants, after the National Green tribunal (NGT) in October 2018 had asked PMC to stop dumping garbage in open at Uruli Devachi and Phursungi dumping ground and instead treat it in the plants.

International

Plastics / Plastics bag

Etihad becomes first major airline to fly plastic-free

The UAE’s flag carrier Etihad Airways has become the first airline in the Gulf region to operate a flight without any single-use plastics on board, in a bid to raise awareness about pollution on Earth Day. According to the Abu Dhabi-based national airline of the UAE, the flight EY484 landed in Brisbane on April 22, Earth Day. The milestone flight is part of Etihad’s pledge to reduce single-use plastic usage by 80 per cent not just in-flight, but across the entire organization by the end of 2022.

Asia has become the dumping ground for the world’s plastic says a report

The world's recyclable plastic is being shipped to Asia where it is illegally dumped, buried or burned in the country with the lightest regulations, environmentalists warned calling for greater transparency in the global waste trade. A report by Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and Greenpeace East Asia analyzed the top 21 exporters and importers of plastic recyclable waste from 2016 until 2018 - before and after China stopped taking such waste last year. It found that plastic waste imports into Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam jumped from mid-2017 to early 2018, leading to illegal operations dumping and open-burning, contaminating water supplies, killing crops and causing respiratory illnesses.

Packaging

Ariel and Lenor commit to help clean up plastics packaging mountain

Ariel and Lenor have become the latest high profile consumer brands to sign up to new plastics packaging targets, after parent company Procter & Gamble announced a goal to cut plastic packaging for its Fabric Care brands in Europe by 30 per cent by 2025.The company said the new target marked a "key milestone" in reaching the Ariel 2030 Brand Ambition of delivering a better cleaning experience for customers that cuts resource use throughout the products lifecycle by 50 per cent by 2030, including virgin plastics.

Amcor launches metal-free barrier recyclable packaging

Amcor has launched new recyclable, high-barrier flexible packaging that it says can reduce a pack’s carbon footprint by up to 64%. AmLite Ultra Recyclable is the latest addition to Amcor’s successful AmLite product line, which was first created in 2015 to provide metal-free barrier packaging designed to significantly reduced the packaging’s carbon footprint.

EPR / Recycling>

Sacramento launches SacRecycle app

Sacramento, California, has launched a free SacRecycle app that provides residents quick access to waste and recycling information, such as recycling calendars, reminder notifications and the Waste Wizard, a database of hundreds of household items and proper disposal methods in Sacramento. The app aims to increase the amount of recyclable material in recycling bins, while reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Finland presents eye-opener in black plastics sorting, launches FX50

More than one million tonnes of black plastic scrap are wasted worldwide every year due to the lack of ‘suitable’ sorting equipment, says Finnish tech company Specim. Even the most modern sorting technology struggles to detect the pigment in black plastics, says Specim CEO Tapio Kallonen that had introduced FX50 Specim’s custom-made mid-wavelength infra-red (MWIR) camera. The equipment works in a line-scan mode and collects hyperspectral data in the medium wavelength infrared region 2.7-5.3 μm.

Dothan, Alabama, reopens recycling centers after hiatus

Dothan, Alabama, has recently revitalized its recycling program by restructuring operations and reopening the WestgateRecycling Center and a drop-off location at the city's landfill. Officials celebrated a ribbon cutting and grand opening of the facilities April 22 for Earth Day. The city temporarily ceased operations at the recycling drop-off centers earlier this year for a variety of reasons, including issues with illegal dumping and high recycling costs.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment & Recycling Committee

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