Volume : 155

Plastics & Environment News for the Week 06 – 11 May, 2019

Plastics

Rs 5.75 lakh penalty collected in Trichy- The Times of India

The Trichy Corporation has so far collected a total of Rs 5.75 lakhs till April 30, as penalty from shops caught selling and circulating banned plastic product ever since the ban came into force.

Karnataka Pollution Control Board takes a tough stand on ‘compostable’ carry bags- The Hindu

Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has a taken a tough stand against the so-called compostable bags. The board recently wrote to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) urging it to not accord any certificate to the manufacturers of these bags in Karnataka, where they are banned. Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Special Commissioner (SWM) D. Randeep welcomed the move and said the civic body had apprised the KSPCB of issues pertaining to the use of such bags.

People refuse to pay for carry bags, 35 complaints pending- The Indian Express

With an increasing number of shoppers refusing to pay for carry bags, the Chandigarh Consumer Forum is seeing a glut of complaints. On last count, the forum had received 35 complaints against top retailers in the city. The Big Bazaar faces 15 cases, Shoppers Stop and Pantaloon are fighting three each, while there are four cases against Bata, two against Dominos, five against Twenty Four Seven store, and one each against Reliance Retail, and Fashion India.

8 teams formed to seize banned plastic products – The Hindu

The Tirunelveli Corporation has formed eight teams to conduct surprise checks in business establishments regularly for seizing banned plastic products and initiate legal proceedings against erring firms. Following information and complaints from the public about the violation of ban on plastics the Corporation has formed two inspection teams per zone and hence the urban civic body’s Tirunelveli, Thatchanallur, Palayamkottai and Melapalayam zones will have eight teams for conducting raids in suspected shops between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. every day.

SWM / Recycling

Mumbai gets its river, mangrove, beach clean-up network- The Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times will partner with non-profit Project Mumbai to lead a city-wide network of volunteers, green groups and authorities to carry out clean-up drives across 9 beaches, 4 rivers and 4 mangrove forests over 3 days. A first-of-its-kind city-wide network of citizen volunteers, environment groups, corporates, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials, the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), state mangrove cell, college and school students, will all come together in operation Jallosh-Clean Coasts to address the issue of domestic waste choking water bodies. Led by non-profit group Project Mumbai, a three-day clean-up drive around World Environment Day (June 1, 2 and 5).

Bhamla Foundation to release song with themes on World Environment Day- The Indian Express

In line with the environmental theme, ‘Beat Air Pollution’, of the United Nations this year, the Bhamla Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment launched an environmental initiative in presence of actor and UN Ambassador for Environment Dia Mirza and lyricist Swanand Kirkire on Thursday at Bandra (West) in Mumbai. The foundation will also release a song called Hawa aaney de on June 5, marked the world over as World Environment Day.

15-member NatGeo team to travel up Ganga to study plastic pollution- The Hindustan Times

An all-women team of 15 researchers and engineers will be part of a National Geographic expedition that will travel up the Ganga from the Bay of Bengal to its source in the Gangotri glacier to study the flow of plastics in the river system. The expedition will be undertaken by boat, road and rail over four months, of which two months will be in summer beginning at the end of May and two months after the monsoon.

United Nations funding to make Mysuru a ‘sustainable city – The Hindu

The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has identified Mysuru as one of the pilot cities as part of a project titled ‘Sustainable Cities’ Integrated Approach’. It is among five cities in India identified as part of project. The four other cities selected in the country are Vijayawada, Guntur, Bhopal and Jaipur.

Kids bring in recyclable plastic waste to study at this school- The Times of India

A young couple for Assam has started a school Akshar Forum with a unique enrolment criteria - students must collect and bring 25 items of plastic every week. The plastic waste is then processed at the recycling centre and turned into ecological bricks.

MCG directs Ecogreen to use separate bags for ‘toxic’ domestic waste- The Hindustan Times

The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has directed Ecogreen, its concessionaire for door-to-door collection of waste, to use separate collection bags for picking up hazardous waste from households to ensure it are not mixed with other waste, officials said Tuesday. Hazardous domestic waste includes batteries, kerosene, pesticides, medicines, phone chargers, bulbs, and tube lights, MCG officials said.

Theetukkal residents fear risk to health from waste dump- The Hindu

The continued use of the landfill at Theetukkal in Coimbatore, located less than three km from the Ooty Lake, by civic bodies to dump waste has led to the fear of health hazards among the people living in nearby areas. Despite NGT order to close it, the landfill site is used by local bodies for garbage disposal.

Kochi Corporation’s mass cleaning programme begins - The Hindu

The Kochi Corporation began cleaning and sanitation work on last week on Friday as part of gearing up for the monsoon season. Mass cleaning up of the KSRTC bus stand and nearby areas will be done as part of the inaugural activity beginning at 10 a.m. For each division of the Corporation, a sanitation committee will be formed to take up mass cleaning.

International

Statewide polystyrene ban passes in Maine

Maine lawmakers approved the first statewide prohibition on polystyrene foodservice packaging last week. The plastics industry quickly criticized the move. Single-use polystyrene foodservice packaging, including take-out containers and service ware, will be banned across Maine beginning in January 2021.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment & Recycling Committee

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