Volume : 156

Plastics & Environment News for the Week 13-18 May, 2019

National

Plastics

Coimbatore Corporation asks traders to stop selling banned plastic items- The Hindu

Coimbatore Corporation will strictly implement the State Government’s ban on 14 one-time use plastic items and expects the cooperation of people in this regard, Commissioner Sravan Kumar Jatavath said at a meeting the civic body had organised here on Monday. He also said Corporation would also help people find a solution like identifying authorised manufacturers of biodegradable bags and conducting awareness programmes for the public.

SWM / Recycling

Kerala constitutes committee to ensure shredded plastic in road laying- The Hindu

The Kerala government has constituted a committee to ensure that shredded plastic is used in the desired proportion in laying roads under the Public Works Department (PWD) and local self-government institutions. The committee headed by the executive vice chairperson of the Haritha Keralam Mission, will also continuously evaluate the use of shredded plastic in laying roads. The committee was constituted on May 10.

Plastic Express launched to manage waste on Doon-Mussoorie road – The Times of India

Nestle India, in collaboration with Doon-based advocacy group Gati Foundation, has launched a project in Dehradun and Mussoorie for effectively managing post-consumer plastic waste on Doon-Mussoorie Highway and around tourist spots. A mobile van named, Plastic Express will travel around these shop to collect plastic and other wrappers that would be disposed responsibly.

Foreign activists build Yamuna Maiya’s statue from plastic - The Times of India

In an innovative and artistic way to motivate people on keeping the Yamuna clean, a group of foreigners from different South American countries have collectively built a 2.5-metre-tall from the plastic waste taken out of the river. The group intends to install the statue on the banks of the river at Vrindavan, Mathura.

Scientists may have found a way to eliminate plastic waste for good- The Times of India

The “holy grail” of plastic — a material that can be repeatedly recycled without any loss of quality — has been created by scientists Peter Christensen Placed in an acid bath, it can be fully broken down into its component parts . “Most plastics were never made to be recycled,” said Peter Christensen, researcher at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry & author of the study published in Nature Chemistry. “But we have discovered a new way to assemble plastics that takes recycling into consideration from a molecular perspective.” The new material is called poly (diketoenamine) or PDK.

Onus on Pune residents to keep city clean- The Hindustan Times

Civic body has begun work towards keeping the city clean for increasing ratings, while also asking residents to contribute for the betterment of the city. While Pune municipal corporation (PMC) is working on making the city clean, the role of the residents to maintain cleanliness cannot be debated.

Jaipur municipal body deploys engineers to monitor garbage lifting- The Hindustan Times

In a new move to efficiently monitor garbage lifting in the city, the Jaipur Municipal Corporation has placed environment and solid waste management engineers in each of the seven administrative zones of the city. These engineers are placed to specifically monitor the garbage lifting work carried out by BVG India Limited, the agency assigned for carrying out door-to-door garbage collection in the city.

International

Plastics

SC Basel changes may have ‘bigger impact’ than China ban

The move last week by 187 governments to alter a global waste treaty will mean further uncertainty for U.S. scrap plastic exports. For containers of mixed-plastic bales, movement will be more difficult. They will be subject to new notification and consent rules by sending and receiving parties.

Statewide polystyrene ban passes in Maine

The European Commission seems set to agree that recycled plastics can contain decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) at a level no higher than 500 parts per million, according to a press release from UK plastics reclaimer Axion Polymers. Last year, the European Union was considering a much stricter limit, 10 parts per million, which industry groups said would have effectively ended the recycling of plastics from electronics and electrical appliances.

Tanzania bans entry of all plastic effective June 1, 2019

The Tanzanian government has officially announced a ban on the entry of all plastic carrier bags according to a press statement from the Vice President’s office. The May 16, 2019 statement titled: “Notice To Travelers Planning To Visit Tanzania,” said the government was going to set up a special desk at entry points to enforce the measure. The statement read in part: “The Government of Tanzania wishes to make an official note to travelers planning to travel to Tanzania that from 1st June 2019 all plastic carrier bags, regardless of their thickness will be prohibited from being imported, exported, manufactured, sold, stored, supplied and used in mainland Tanzania.”

Italian island of Capri bans single-use plastics

Italian island of Capri has banned the single-use plastics. The new ruling, effective May 15, 2019, states that no more single-use plastics are allowed on the island, unless they're made of biodegradable plastic. They can neither be sold by local shopkeepers, nor brought onto the island by visitors. It is part of a broader effort to combat marine plastic pollution. A recent investigation found that the water separating Capri from the mainland had four times more plastic waste in it than other marine areas around Italy.

Packaging

Global Flexible Packaging Market Set to Reach Over USD 299.76 billion

Zion Market Research has announced the addition of a new market intelligence report. According to the report the global Flexible Packaging market is all set to reach over USD 299.76 billion by the end of 2024. The global Flexible Packaging market is expected to grow at the (CAGR ) rate of 3.95 percent from 2018-2024. The report delivers the analytical data in several parts based on the fragments of the global Flexible Packaging Market product, its end-users, applications, and others of the market.

EPR / Recycling

EU to enact chemical threshold for recycled plastic

The European Commission seems set to agree that recycled plastics can contain decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) at a level no higher than 500 parts per million, according to a press release from UK plastics reclaimer Axion Polymers. Last year, the European Union was considering a much stricter limit, 10 parts per million, which industry groups said would have effectively ended the recycling of plastics from electronics and electrical appliances.

Carrefour, TerraCycle ‘Loop’ initiative launches in Paris

French retailer Carrefour and Trenton, New Jersey-based TerraCycle have launched “Loop,” an online platform that allows consumers to purchase products in reusable containers. With a number of global brands of all sizes on board, the company claims Loop to be the first distribution platform that reduces dependence on single-use packaging. Users put down a deposit for each product on the Loop website, which is then refunded when the empty packaging is returned.

Brightmark Energy selects Vecoplan to supply plastics-to-fuel plant

North Carolina-based recycling equipment manufacturer Vecoplan LLC has been awarded a contract to design and build the front-end material processing and preparation system for Brightmark Energy’s new plastics-to-fuel plant in Ashley, Indiana. Vecoplan’s prep system will incorporate a variety of technologies engineered to deliver feedstock that meets specifications vital to the plant’s successful production of transportation fuel, according to a news release.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment & Recycling Committee

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