WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING
02-08 June, 2019 | Volume : 159
Two squads to enforce polythene ban in Bhubaneswar- The Pioneer
For implementation of the ban of plastic and polythene in the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) area, two enforcement squads were constituted by the BMC on Thursday June 6, comprising officials of the State Pollution Control Board, Commissionerate police, Forest Department and BMC. The enforcement would start from Friday. The enforcement squads would have responsibilities like seizure of banned plastic/polythene materials, imposition of penalty and fines, issuing show-cause notices and pre announcement on not to use plastic/polythene. The squads would be assisted by two policemen during the raids. The BMC in an official order asked the officials concerned to extend all support in coordination with the squad members for an effective enforcement on polythene/plastics.
Six North Goa villages resolve to implement ban on plastic bags- The Times Of India
Reeling under the growing menace of plastic waste, Aldona, Nachinola, Moira, Colvale, Camurlim and Calangute on Sunday resolved to ban the use of plastics, especially plastic bags, at their respective gram sabha meets. At all meets, members adopted the resolution to ban plastics bags.
Plastic ban in Maharashtra will take time to be successful- The Indian Express
Shiv Sena youth wing leader Aaditya Thackeray on Tuesday said it will take at least three to four years for the 100 per cent plastic ban to be successful. “I don’t say that the plastic ban will be 100 per cent successful in one year. It will take 3-4 years for it. But the success of the plastic ban is that the people have started talking about it.” said Thackeray.
NGT asks expert panel to probe if more norms needed to restrict use of Plastic – The Indian Express
The National Green Tribunal has set up an expert committee to probe whether there is a need for further norms to restrict plastic packaging of food products after a plea has sought a ban on it citing health and environment concerns. It said, “We are of the opinion that the question whether any further regulatory provisions are required on the subject of restrictions on the packaging by use of plastic material, after the steps already taken, and if so to what extent be examined by an Expert Committee comprising of the representatives of FSSAI, BIS, CPCB and DGHS. The matter is posted for next hearing on October 14.
Scientists look at recycling plastic for marine life- The Times of India
A national-level effort is on to curb disposal of plastic in the ocean. Now, a team from the Chennai based National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR) has come up with an alternative idea to put plastic back in the ocean to develop an underwater habitat for marine life.
ITC, PMC launch model to collect, process multi-layer plastic waste – The Indian Express
ITC Ltd, which is involved in building scalable and sustainable waste management models, on Wednesday announced a model for the sustainable management of Multi-Layered Plastic (MLP) packaging waste in Pune, in partnership with waste-pickers’ society SWaCH and the PMC.The initiative also marks the launch of a waste storage facility in Uruli Devachi, with the capacity to handle 200 metric tonnes of MLPs per month. Among those present at the function were Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao and PMC Jt Commissioner D S Molak.
Vijayawada to garbage-free by June 30, says Vijayawada Municipal Commissioner – The Hindu
Vijayawada Municipal Commissioner M. Rama Rao has asked the officials concerned to make sure that the garbage collection and transportation system is streamlined so that the city is made garbage-free by June 30.After inspecting the areas in municipal divisions 36 and 40 on Sunday, Mr. Rao asked officials to ensure that all the households were covered under the door-to-door garbage collection and segregated waste was sent to compost plants, recycling units, construction & demolition waste management plant and plastic plants depending on the type of garbage.
16,000 kg trash cleared from Mumbai’s waterfronts – The Hindustan Times
Around 5,000 citizens joined hands to clean 16,000kg trash from nine beach fronts, two rivers and two mangrove forests over the weekend as a part of operation Jallosh-Clean Coasts, a first-of-its-kind city-wide network of citizen volunteers, environment groups, corporates, state agencies, and students. The initiative—scheduled around World Environment Day on June 5—is led by non-profit group Project Mumbai to rid water bodies of domestic waste. HT is partnering with the effort to save city’s waterfronts. The clean-up was scheduled on June 1, 2 and 5.
Plastic accounts for 60% of litter in English and Welsh canals
Abandoned plastics now account for 59% of the litter found in canals in England and Wales, according to new research which also reveals that more than half a million plastic items reach the oceans every year from the waterway network. The new findings are from the Canal & River Trust – the charity that looks after 2,000 miles of canals and river navigations – and which says that with the support of local communities both figures could be cut drastically.
New York’s SoHo museum examines impact of plastics on oceans
Increasingly, people across the globe are becoming more and more aware of society’s reliance on plastics and their environmental impact. That environmental impact is being highlighted at the Museum of Plastic, a week-long pop-up in SoHo which opens next week 8-12 June. The museum features the artwork showcasing the money behind the bottled water industry and a video projection of what the ocean will look like in 2050 if changes are not made.
Plymouth has officially become the largest UK city to gain plastic-free status
Plymouth City Council and campaign group Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) have confirmed the city is now certified plastic-free. .Last year the city claimed the Plastic Free Communities status for revealing its Plan for Plastics, as well as maintaining its historic waterfront. The city's achievement was formally announced at the second 'birthday party' of citywide eco network Environment Plymouth.
German pilot scheme recycles PET plastic trays
Klöckner Pentaplast has teamed up with the German Plastic Packaging Industry Association (IK) to create a pilot project for the closed-loop recycling of PET food trays. The plastics packaging manufacturer said that it had successfully closed the loop for plastic food trays and is turning them into new recycled plastic trays.
Nestlé to boost recycled content
Nestlé Waters North America is betting that it can connect with consumers over the long term by using high levels of recovered material. The bottled water giant announced on June 3 that all bottles in its Poland Spring still-water line will be constructed from 100% recycled PET by 2022. The company also noted all Poland Spring 1-liter bottles will be made of 100% RPET starting this month.
Suez announces plastics recycling plant in Thailand
Suez, headquartered in Paris, has announced plans to build a plastic recycling plant in Thailand to turn scrap plastics into circular polymers. According to a news release from Suez, this marks the group’s first plastic recycling project in Asia and will serve as a model for the rest of Southeast Asia. The company says the plant will adhere to strict environmental standards and contribute to Thailand’s 2030 target to achieve 100 percent plastic recycling. The plant, which will be located in the Bang Phli District near Bangkok, will convert 30,000 tons per year of locally collected low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) film into high-quality postconsumer recycled plastic (PCR).
California Lawmakers push to minimize packaging
California bills taking aim at single-use plastic packaging are getting close to the governor’s desk. Introduced as identical companion bills, SB 54 in the Senate and AB 1080 in the Assembly would require the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to draft and implement a host of regulations addressing single-use packaging. Among the major provisions in the legislation, CalRecycle is directed to adopt regulations to “require manufacturers and retailers of single-use packaging to source reduce single-use packaging to the maximum extent feasible,” as well as to require them to “ensure that all single-use packaging in the California market is recyclable or compostable.”
For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association