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.