WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING

19 - 25 May, 2019  |  Volume : 157

NATIONAL

Gujarat bans use of plastic inside wildlife sanctuaries- Times of India

The Gujarat government has banned plastic material-including water bottles and pouches — in sanctuaries in the state such as Gir National Park, Velavadar Blackbuck Sanctuary, and the Wild Ass Sanctuary. The Gujarat forest department issued a notification announcing the ban.

Special plastic bag ban drive in Jamshedpur Kolhan from May 25- The Times of India

Plastic bags are a banned product in Jharkhand but they are often used by shopkeepers in Jamshedpur and other parts of Kolkhan. Notably, Raghubar Das government had issued orders again on banning the use of plastic bags in Jharkhand. He also instructed the DCs to organize special drives from May 25 to June 10 to ensure the proper implementation of the ban.

Pune Municipal Corporation intensifies ban on plastic- The Hindustan Times

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has intensified the plastic ban enforcement activities in the city. The civic body in the last two months have confiscated 2,000 kilograms of plastic waste from various offenders thus generating a revenue of Rs 2.5 lakh through fines

Plastic shredding centre inaugurated at Gurugram – The Hindustan Times

The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) inaugurated its plastic shredding centre at Begumpur Khatola on Friday. According to officials, the machine has the capacity to shred 800 kilograms of plastic per hour, and five tonnes of plastic per day.MCG officials said they have plans to increase its capacity to 10 tonnes per day soon.

Plastic mix for Kolkata’s New Town road repairs-The Times of India

The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) on Tuesday started a pilot project where the civic body used bitumen blended with plastic waste to repair roads. The first road to repair such a coat will be near Akankha More in Action Area II of New Town.

Discarded plastic bottles can reduce construction costs – The Times of India

A gold medallist from M S University has found a way to put these discarded bottles in a better use in construction industry. Anuradha Suryavanshi and co-researcher Elisabeth Riederer from Germany had conducted the research at the Architectural Association, London to develop a novel strategy for construction of low-cost concrete structures in reducing the cost of construction in the country. Thousands of plastic bottles are adding to huge mounds of plastic garbage across India. As PET bottles cannot be recomposed, they remain untreated adding to the waste. This can now be used for better purpose.

Cafeterias built from airport scrap at Delhi airports- The Hindustan Times

The Delhi airport operator has constructed four cafeterias out of recycled material at its international and domestic terminals for airport staff and visitors. From the cafeterias’ table tops to the grid ceilings and from seating arrangements to lamp shades, everything has been built using dismantled machine parts, scrap from airport building and recycled metallic and plastic structures.

876 housing societies in Pune receive notices from PCMC- The Hindustan Times

Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has issued notices to 876 residential societies for failing to install garbage treatment plants on its premises. The notice also states that the civic body will not lift garbage from June 1, 2019, if the housing societies fail to process their wet garbage.

Janakpuri ward shows the way in waste segregation-- The Hindustan Times

A municipal ward in Janakpuri (number 16S) was on Wednesday declared the first ‘Model Ward’ of Delhi with officials saying that it was on track to become fully compliant with the Solid Waste Management (SWM) bylaws of 2018. All homes in this ward are segregating garbage May 11 onwards. The volume of garbage being sent to Okhla landfill from this ward has reduced by five metric tonnes daily.

Bidadi farmers oppose waste-to-energy plant- The Hindu

Farmers from Kodiyala Karenahalli, Bidadi hobli are up in arms against the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), which has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd (KPCL) to set up a 200-tonne capacity waste-to-energy plant in the village. The farmers, under the aegis of Raitara Hitarakashana Samiti, staged a protest in front of the BBMP head office on Tuesday demanding that the project be scrapped. They submitted a memorandum to Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun and BBMP Commissioner N. Manjunath Prasad.

 
INTERNATIONAL

Council of Ministers adopts Directive to restrict single-use plastics

The EU Council of Ministers has adopted a Directive aimed at reducing the impact of certain plastic products on the environment. Adopted on 21 May, it has been amended in line with suggestions put forward in the same month by the European Parliament. These include an amendment calling for manufacturers to avoid using hazardous chemical substances in sanitary towels, tampons and tampon applicators, in the interest of women’s health. The framework of the restrictions process, under the REACH Regulation, says "it is appropriate for the Commission to assess further restrictions on such substances". The Directive is part of the EU’s plastic strategy and builds on existing waste legislation. It introduces restrictions on certain single-use plastic products, including plastic plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks and cotton buds. These will be banned in the EU by 2021.

Plastic exports continue steep declines

U.S. recovered plastic exports during the first quarter were down by nearly half compared with a year ago. The latest trade figures, published this month by the U.S. Department of Commerce, show not only the impacts of China’s trade restrictions but also sharp reductions in exports to southeast Asian countries over the past year. U.S. exporters shipped 374 million pounds of scrap plastic from January through March. That’s almost half the amount exported during the same period in 2018, and it’s 67% less than the first quarter of 2017.

Plastic straws, cotton buds and drink stirrers to be banned in England

Plastic straws and drink stirrers, and cotton buds with plastic stems will be banned from sale and use in England from next April, the government has confirmed. The move, which has been in the offing for more than a year, is hoped to vastly reduce the litter and other environmental impacts of the nearly 5bn plastic straws currently used each year in the UK, along with more than 300m plastic stirrers and close to 2bn cotton buds with plastic stems.

Uflex wins UBM India Packaging Award

Uflex was declared winner for Excellence in Sustainable Packaging in the category of ‘Solid Dosage Forms’ for its pharma packaging innovation Alu-Au Laminates -a sustainable primary packaging material used in pharmaceutical industry that replaces PVC and Nylon with Special PET film, at the 4th Annual India Packaging Awards hosted by UBM India, held in Mumbai.

West NovaGuard bags India Packaging Awards

West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., a global leader in innovative solutions for injectable drug administration has won the India Packaging Awards for Excellence in Enhanced User Experience and Excellence in Packaging Design - Shapes and Structures for its NovaGuard SA Pro safety system - a single-use accessory for prefilled ISO standard 1mL long Staked-needle syringes.

Innovia introduces new transparent high barrier packaging films

Innovia Films has introduced Propafilm Strata SL, a new range of transparent high barrier packaging films that can be used as a standalone mono filmic solution, as well as in laminate constructions to be ‘recycle ready.Innovia’s new packaging film is recyclable, making it more suitable for use in countries that have the infrastructure to recycle polypropylene films.

Unilever solves recycling issue

Unilever UK and Ireland is claiming to have cracked the problem of recycling black plastic bottles, by pioneering the development of a new detectable black pigment which it has made available to any brands keen to up their sustainable credentials. The new technology means an additional 2,500 tonnes of plastic bottles can now potentially be sorted and sent for recycling each year in the UK alone. This equates to 1,200 family-sized cars or 200 London buses of plastic.

CarbonLITE to handle ocean-diverted plastics

CarbonLITE Industries, Los Angeles, announced that it plans to process 100 percent postconsumer ocean-diverted plastics. Jason Farahnik, director of brand partnerships and resin sales at CarbonLITE, says the ocean-diverted plastics it plans to collect will come primarily from the coastlines of Southeast Asian countries. The company’s newest offering will replace virgin materials for food, beverage and cosmetic applications, according to a CarbonLITE news release. The products will have the dual benefit of reducing ocean plastics and the amount of virgin material produced.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment & Recycling Committee

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Ms. Ankita Satghare - +91 22 6777 8812 environment@aipma.net

 
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