WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING

26 May-01 June, 2019  |  Volume : 158

NATIONAL

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.

NGT directs DPCC to submit action taken report- The Indian Express

The National Green Tribunal Tuesday directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to submit action taken report with regard to closure of defaulting industries making shoe soles and other plastic goods in Narela and Bawana area. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also asked the DPCC to assess the compensation by these units within three months.

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.

 
INTERNATIONAL

Japan unveils policy to curb plastic waste before G20

Japan on Friday announced a policy to reduce marine plastic waste, part of efforts to raise the issue at the G20 summit it will host next month.Japan is hoping to cast itself as a leader on the issue, and will reportedly press for an international agreement to reduce the amount of plastic going into the ocean during the Osaka summit from June 28 to 30.

No more bottled water, plastic-wrapped food at gov't events in Malaysia

The Malaysian government will no longer provide drinking water in plastic bottles or food wrapped in plastic at its events, in a bid to cut down single-use disposable plastics. Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (Mestecc) deputy secretary-general Nagulendran Kangayatkarasu said this is part of its roadmap to reduce public reliance on single-use plastics."It is encouraging that the chief secretary has issued a circular that all government events should have no single-use disposable plastics and this includes mineral water and plastic wrappings (for food)," he said. The circular issued in March states that Malaysia intends to be "zero single-use plastic" by 2030.

Smurfit Kappa receives innovation award from Kellogg’s

Smurfit Kappa has been awarded the ‘Transforming Innovation’ award from Kellogg´s, in the Americas. The award was recognition for a recent project in which Smurfit Kappa redesigned the cereal giant’s packaging to optimise its supply chain.The Smurfit Kappa team worked closely with Kellogg’s to identify a sustainable and innovative packaging solution requiring fewer cases during transportation.

Dow and Menshen’s reverse spouted pouches

Dow and Menshen, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of caps, closures and single-serve capsules announced the new transformative Reverse Spout Sealing Technology that enables the production of spouted pouches made of mono-material films. This exciting technology allows converters to address the recycling criteria for flexible packaging and can help brands meet their sustainability packaging goals.

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Malaysia to send 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste back to countries of origin

Malaysia will send 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste back to the countries it came from, the environment minister said on Tuesday, the latest Asian country to reject rich countries' rubbish. Yeo Bee Yin, minister of energy, technology, science, environment and climate change, said 60 containers of trash that had been imported illegally would be sent back.

Feds to put millions behind overseas recycling loans

The U.S. government is using the power of the federal purse to help boost recycling infrastructure in Asia.The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide up to $35 million to help incentivize private industry to put its money into boosting recycling in south and southeast Asia.

California Senate passes plastic pollution reduction act

The California Senate passed the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act (SB-54), which would establish the policy goal of the state that by 2030, manufacturers and retailers in the state achieve a 75 percent reduction of the waste generated from single-use packaging and products offered for sale or sold in the state through source reduction, recycling or composting.

Stakeholders open up on push for PCR film

Seventeen North American organizations have signed onto a document titled “Keeping Plastics in the Circular Economy,” which contains several key proposals and dates by which to increase post-consumer film use in bag production. Governments, MRF operators, reclaimers and end users are calling for government regulation that requires recycled content in plastic bags. Besides the PCR mandate, the group is recommending procurement policy changes among governments and other large purchasers.

Construction begins on Plastics-to-Fuel factory in the US

Construction workers have broken ground on what is being hailed as the nation’s first commercial-scale plastics-to-fuel plant launched by Brightmark Energy. Located in Ashley, Indiana, the new plant will utilize a state-of-the-art plastics-to-fuel process that sustainably recycles waste that has reached the end of its useful life – including items that cannot readily be recycled, like plastic film, flexible packing, styrofoam and children’s toys – directly into useful products, like fuels and wax.

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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