Volume : 154

Plastics & Environment News for the Week April 29 – 04 May, 2019

Plastics

UNGA president praises India’s war on plastic pollution- The Hindustan Times

United Nations General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces has praised India’s war on plastic pollution. Speaking to reporters in Noida on Tuesday on the problem of plastic pollution choking the oceans and efforts to combat it, she singled out India for its efforts. “Let me just mention and praise India for its commitment”, she said.

Kerala Minister seeks report on irregularities in purchase of plastic shredders– The Times of India

Minister for local self government A C Moideen has sought a report from the governing body regarding purchase and installation of plastic shredders in the state of Kerala during the past three fiscals during which the government had purchased and installed plastic shredding units from a single firm in over 190 local bodies across the state spending Rs 16.24 crore.

Agra district jail goes green, builds bricks from plastic bottles – The Times of India

Prisoners at the Agra district jail here spent the last two months stuffing PVC (polyvinyl chloride) bottles with polythene and other discarded pieces of plastic to make “eco bricks”. A total 1,250 such bricks were made, using more than 375 kilogram of plastic items. These will be used to build benches and urinals.

Chennai Corporation to record violation of plastic ban, impose fine- The Times of India

The Greater Chennai Corporation plans to issue notices to people violating the plastic ban and record each violation. Penalties will be imposed on repeat offenders from last week of May.

Hyderabad Forum calls for ban on more plastic items – The Hindu

The Forum for Good Governance (FGG), in a letter to Chief Secretary S.K. Joshi, expressed serious concern over the rampant use of single-use plastic carry bags, and requested the government to take action to impose ban on 10 kinds of plastic products in the State, as curbing the carry bags alone is not a feasible option.

SWM

Haryana can now fine polluters even without court orders – The Hindustan Times

In a first, the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) has formed guidelines, at the state level, that will allow it to penalise and recover monetary compensation from individuals and organisations engaged in polluting activities at its own discretion, without seeking or receiving instructions from courts. An order to this effect, with detailed guidelines for implementation, was issued by the HSPCB chairman. The new modalities for levying and recovering compensation have been derived from the ‘polluter pays’ principle of environmental governance, which holds that the party responsible for polluting should also pay for the resulting environmental damage.

Bulk waste generators must segregate on site in Gurugram- The Hindustan Times

Deputy commissioner Amit Khatri, on Monday, held a meeting wherein strict instructions were given to ensure compliance with the Solid Waste Management Rules (2016) in Gurugram district. The directive was given to officials of the district urban local bodies (ULB) department, Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB), Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG). An MCG official present at all three meetings said that the tone of these meeting was urgent as the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had, last Tuesday, come down heavily on district authorities for unscientific management of waste at the Bandhwari landfill.

Drive to check waste dumping in Kottayam- The Hindu

Taking a serious note of the widespread dumping of waste in public places, the Kottayam district administration has launched a special drive to check the practice. Officials said the drive follows reports regarding serious violations in the handling of wastes in public places, raising the spectre of a major health crisis. From now on, those found dumping waste on waysides and in water bodies will face legal action including payment of fine and imprisonment

International

Maine passes the U.S.'s first state ban on foam food packaging

Maine has joined a growing list of states, cities, and counties, including 14 towns in Maine, to ban foam food containers in an effort to reduce plastic waste. The bill bans bowls, plates, cups, trays, cartons, and other containers designed to hold prepared food and beverages. Signed by Governor Janet Mills Tuesday, it takes effect January 1, 2021. The American Chemistry Council, which opposed the legislation, said alternative food packaging can cost restaurant owners nearly twice as much as foam packaging and will hurt local business owners.

Biodegradable plastics offer "no advantage" over conventional plastics in reducing ocean pollution says study

Bags made of supposedly biodegradable plastics remain intact and useable three years after being dropped in the sea or buried underground, researchers have found. The study, carried out by the University of Plymouth's International Marine Litter Research Unit and published in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology, challenges assumptions that switching to biodegradable plastics could reduce ocean-plastic pollution.

Basel Convention countries consider plastic proposal

The Basel Convention, an international treaty governing how waste is moved around the world, kicked off its annual meeting in Geneva on April 30. Each year, representatives from member states convene to discuss updates to the treaty. This year, scrap plastic is grabbing significant attention. Various countries are meeting to discuss and consider amending global waste regulations.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment & Recycling Committee

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