09-15 June, 2019  |  Volume : 160


MPCB to hold talks with plastic manufacturers over EPR plans- The Indian Express

The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has decided to hold consultations with plastic manufacturers for effective implementation of the Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) plans for collection and recycling of plastic waste. The MPCB said it has received around 350 EPR plans from plastic manufacturers in the past few months. “…It was surprising to find out that not more than ten per cent of the total plans was functional,” said a senior MPCB official.

‘Pen drop boxes’ drive against plastic menace in Kasaragod, Kerala – The Hindu

Stepping up the drive against plastic menace, the district unit of the Haritha Keralam Mission has launched a novel initiative Pen Friend in Kasaragod. Under the drive, discarded plastic pens will be collected for recycling. Its other objectives include creating awareness about waste disposal and treatment and popularisation of refillable pens as an answer to the waste created by disposable pens. Five more drop boxes will be placed for collecting discarded disposable pens.

Yamuna River most polluted, has only 1% share of plastics – The Indian express

As per a study by Gurgaon’s Institute of Technology and Management, the Yamuna is one of the most polluted rivers in the world, despite being the source of 70% of Delhi’s water supply. Dinesh Mohaniya, the vice-chairman of the Delhi Jal Board, claimed plastics only have a 1% share in pollution of the river. He said they have started putting a cover on open drains and routing them to sewage treatment plants.Dr Anil Kumar, director at the state environment department, said plastics enter it mostly through open drains in which people dispose of their waste.

Noida gets waste segregation ultimatum – The Hindustan Times

Solid waste management in Noida is in violation of laid down rules, the Uttar Pradesh solid waste management monitoring committee found during inspection on Wednesday. The committee also directed the Noida authority to ensure compliance of Waste (Management and Handling) Rules - 2016 by June 30, failing which it would face action. The inspection was carried out by Justice DP Singh, the chairman of the committee.

Gurugram district admin yet to identify bulk waste generators in city-Hindustan Times

Ahead of the first quarterly report to be submitted by the state on compliance of the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 (SWM), at the National Green Tribunal court on June 30, the district administration is yet to identify overall bulk waste generators that produce more than 100kg waste a day.

Underground bins to be set up by June-end at Gorai- The Hindustan Times

After months of looking for ideal spots to install its underground bins, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has almost completed the process of installing them near the Gorai Jetty fish market. This is the third spot in the city to get this facility, which will be operational by the end of the month, said a civic official. The civic body has installed the underground bins at only two spots in south Mumbai so far, despite its plan of installing two such bins in each of the city’s wards.

KPCB holds hearing on waste-to-energy plant- The Hindu

The Kerala State Pollution Control Board (PCB) held a public hearing on the proposed waste-to-energy plant at Brahmapuram on Monday. Civic representatives, political party leaders and representatives of NGOs argued for and against the project at the session. P. K. Velayudhan, president of the Vdavukode-Puthencruz panchayat, complained that all the waste treatment facilities in the district including the municipal solid waste treatment plant and a septage treatment plant were located in his panchayat. The centralised waste treatment plants had not succeeded in the State, he said.

New waste collection hub at Sasthamangalam –The Hindu

Mayor V.K. Prasanth on Monday inaugurated a dry waste segregated collection hub at the health inspector office at Sasthamangalam, Thiruvanathpuram.facilities have been arranged at the hub for segregated depositing of glass, paper, footwear, bags, plastic, broken glass pieces, cloth and metal waste. Corporation workers have been appointed at the hub, which will function round the clock.

Waste segregation effective at Coimbatore Junction- The Hindu

The process of segregating waste into biodegradable and non-biodegradable is effective at the Coimbatore Railway Station, according to railway officials. With nearly 2.5 tonnes of waste being generated at the station a day, a railway official said that that the station has been practising 100% waste segregation for more than a year.

Mumbaiites to be penalised for dumping trash in nullahs, railyway tracks- The Hindustan Times

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will now penalise citizens, with the maximum penalty up to Rs 1,250, guilty of dumping trash in nullahs and public places around railway stations, tracks and slums. The decision to penalise is a bid to ensure public places and stormwater drains don’t get clogged in the monsoon.


Canada to announce ban on single-use plastic

The Canadian government plans to announce it is moving to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021, a senior government official said late Sunday. The official said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would make the announcement Monday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak publicly ahead of Monday’s news conference. The official said specific items to be banned will be determined based on a science-based review, but they are considering items such as water bottles, plastic bags, and straws.

DXB pledges to ban single-use plastics

Dubai Airports, DXB, has announced its pledge to ban single-use plastics from consumer spaces at the world's busiest international airport effective January 1, 2020. Eugene Barry, Executive Vice President, Commercial at Dubai Airports. "Today we are making a commitment to work with all of our concession and hospitality partners to achieve that goal. At an airport that hosts some 90 million people per year, we believe we can make a tangible difference by eliminating single-use plastics in consumer spaces "

G20 to tackle ocean plastic waste as petrochemical producers expand in Asia

Japan wants to make reducing the glut of plastic waste in the oceans a priority at the Group of 20 summit it is hosting this month as governments around the world crack down on such pollution. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, which is hosting the G20 summit, says he wants his country to lead the world in reducing marine plastic trash, including developing biodegradables and other innovations.

Canada not to take back plastic waste in Malaysia

Canada says it has no plans to pick up its plastic waste that is parked in Malaysia, a spokesman for Canada’s environment ministry said on Thursday. Late last month, Malaysia said it would send back 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste back to 14 countries of origin, including Canada, the United States, Japan, France, Australia and Britain. In an email statement to Reuters, Environment and Climate Change Canada spokesman Gabrielle Lamontagne said, “there are no plans for the Canadian government to pick up waste in Malaysia.”

Colgate designs recyclable toothpaste tube

New York-based Colgate-Palmolive says it has finalized the design of a first-of-its-kind recyclable toothpaste tube, saying the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), Washington, announced its recognition of the new tube last week. In a news release announcing the innovation, Colgate says this recognition is “an essential step in bringing it to the public.” The Colgate design is the first oral care or personal care tube to earn APR recognition for recyclability.

Klöckner Pentaplast pilots recycling for PET food packs

Klöckner Pentaplast (kp) has completed a pilot scheme with Petcore Europe to create food packaging from recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET). According to kp, the project has started to show evidence that post-consumer PET packaging can be recycled back into more food packaging without the addition of clear PET bottle flakes. The working group also included recycler Valorplast and plastics processor Wellmann International, both based in France.

Bunzl launches 100% recycled Revive packs for on-the-go salads

UK based Bunzl Catering Supplies is launching a new 100% recycled salad container, as part of its Revive range of recycled and recyclable food packaging. Manufactured in the UK and embossed with the words “100% recycled plastic – I used to be a bottle”, the ‘Revive’ salad container is made from 100% rPET. The line is aimed primarily at salad on-the-go which catering and hospitality operators will be introducing as part of their new cold food dishes through the summer. Developed in partnership with London Bio Packaging, the new Revive salad container, with its 100% recycled content, is likely to be exempt from the proposed HMRC Plastic Packaging Tax.

Business giants launch plastics 'credit' scheme to tackle pollution

Danone, Veolia, Nestlé and Tetra Pak have jointly launched a global initiative aimed at standardising and accelerating corporate action on plastics, in a bid to help businesses align plastic reductions with economic and social sustainability. Called the 3R Initiative and operated through a partnership with non-profits Verra and BVRio – which set international environmental standards and assist with the development of green markets respectively – the scheme will support consumer goods firms, retailers and packaging producers. Under the scheme, such companies will be given access to a digital tool which allows them to trade plastics credits issued by recycling and recovery providers worldwide. These credits can then be used to prove compliance and to “offset” corporate plastic use, with the money raised through this system set to fund projects tackling plastic leakage “hotspots” and social inequalities in developing nations.

Amorepacific partners with TerraCycle

Amorepacific, a beauty company based in Seoul, South Korea, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with TerraCycle, Trenton, New Jersey, this month at the Amorepacific headquarters for systematical recycle of empty bottles and packaging. Through the partnership, Amorepacific commits to recycle at least 100 tons of empty plastic bottles each year.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment & Recycling Committee

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