Maha Govt gives dairies 15-day time to submit milk pouch buyback plan-The Indian Express
State Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam on Tuesday gave milk dairies 15 days to submit a detailed plan to put in place a mechanism for buyback of milk pouches from consumers. Milk dairies were given time till February to submit the detailed buyback mechanism plans, but they failed in doing so. As per the plastic ban notification, issued by the Environment Department on March 23 in last year, milk dairies should use plastic bags not less than 50 microns in thickness for milk packaging. Besides, they should print a buyback price of not less than Rs 0.50 per pouch, to develop a buyback mechanism for recycling these pouches.
Ban all single-use plastic, says Chandigarh’s Department of Environment- The Indian Express
In a bid to make Chandigarh completely plastic-free, the Department of Environment, Chandigarh, has mooted a proposal to ban all single use plastic products. The Department of Environment, Chandigarh, under the supervision of Director of UT Department of Environment Debendra Dalai, also mentioned in the proposal that plastic water bottles less than 1 litre in size should be banned. The proposal has been sent to the UT Administration for final approval and the decision in the matter is likely to be taken on or before International Environment Day, observed on June 5.
Ban disposable bottles says Madras HC- The Hindu
In a bid to free Nilgiris district from the menace caused by plastic products, the Madras High Court on Wednesday directed the Collector to prohibit entry of all kinds of plastic packages, including use and throw plastic bottles to carry water, soft drinks and fruit juices.
Over 25 states face Rs 1 cr environment compensation for no action - The Hindustan Times
Over 25 state governments may have to pay environment compensation of Rs one crore each for not submitting their respective action plans on systematic disposal of plastic waste to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) as the April 30 deadline set by the National Green Tribunal has passed by. The states had to submit action plans by April 30 to the CPCB, failing which they would have to pay the pollution body a compensation at the rate of Rs one crore per month, as per the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order.
Chennai planning for a garbage-free city with project ‘Zero Waste’- The Indian Express
The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) and the Citizen Consumer and Civic Action Group (CAG) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to kickstart the Zero Waste Chennai project, which is to be implemented for the first time in the city, with an emphasis for managing waste in a decentralised manner in Chennai. The programme aims to individually cover all 15 zones in the city which comprise of 200 wards in total, following the success of the pilot project in Anna Nagar.
Composting soon at apartment complexes in Chennai- The Hindu
The Chennai Corporation will start promoting home composting at more than 5,000 apartment complexes, with support from private developers.Over 20% of the city’s 5,000-tonne waste is expected to be processed every day on the premises of the apartment complexes, which house at least 2.5 lakh households.
Waste dump near Kochi is now home of new rice brand- The Indian Express
Under the guidance of Kerala’s agriculture department and scientists, 17 young men are the heroes of an entire panchayat beyond the outer edge of Kochi who toiled for three years to convert nearly 50 acres of stinking garbage land that had eaten up the fading paddy fields of Choornikkara in Aluva into the lush green home of a new rice brand. They call it Choornikkara rice.
Smart control room’ to tackle city’s garbage problem in Bengaluru- The Hindu
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) plans to have an ‘integrated, centralised smart control room’ that enables it to make waste management in the city more transparent and effective. Other plans include having at least one dry waste collection centre in each of the 198 wards within a few weeks (around 165 already have one), and giving hand-held devices to civic officials, which will be linked to a receipt database to keep track of fines imposed and collected. This will be implemented within 45 days.
SWM fee payment de-linked from issuance of trade licence – The Hindu
The Shivamogga City Corporation has decided to de-link the collection of solid waste management (SWM) fee from the process of issuance of trade licence to business establishments. The commissioner of the corporation said the payment of SWM fee has been de-linked from the process of issuance of trade licence. Business establishments can get the licence after payment of fee fixed for the purpose.
Thiruvananthapuram Corporation all set to launch no-burn campaign- The Times of India
Corporation will launch a no-burn campaign as part of Environment Week celebrations from June 5 to 11. In spite of organizing regular collection drives and arranging dry waste collection points, many residents still resort to burning of waste, We are kicking off a campaign to put an end to this practice an official said.
KSSP opposes waste-to-energy plants- The Hindu
The Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad (KSSP) has opposed a government proposal to set up waste-to-energy plants across the State, claiming that the cost of production will be higher than that of solar energy or thermal energy owing to the high humidity component in the waste.