WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING
16-22 June, 2019 | Volume : 161
Single-use plastics to be banned in Pudducherry from August- The Hindu
The Puducherry government announced a total ban on the manufacture, sale and storage of single-use plastics in the Union Territory. The ban will come into force from August 1, according to the Welfare Minister M. Kandasamy. He told reporters after a meeting with government officials that the ban would follow the pattern adopted in Tamil Nadu and ban 14 types of single-use plastics. Mr. Kandasamy said there would be no further postponement of the ban.
KMF told to use containers for milk- The Hindu
Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) will now have to shun plastics and tow the line on solid waste management. The KMF has been told to supply milk in containers to bulk consumers instead of plastic sachets.M.T. Kulkarni, Director, Marketing, KMF, said the Federation will work towards implementing the direction. He said bulk consumers, such as restaurants and hotels, are supplied milk in ‘jumbo’ plastic sachets of 6-litre capacity, of less than 50 micron thickness.
Chennai Corporation earns Rs 2.13 lakh from plastic fine- The Times of India
Six months after putting a ban on plastic in place, the corporation last week, for the first time, began penalizing violators. It raided 1,831 shops in 153 locations and collected Rs 2.13lakh fine. It also served 57 notices to shop owners and seized 832kg of plastic.
Rs 1 crore fine on vendors in Delhi over plastic bags – The Times of India
Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has slapped nearly Rs 1 crore fine on vendors in the Pan Mandi, Sabzi Mandi Azadpur, Sadar Bazar and Ghazipur and seized 28,500kg plastic bags of less than 50 microns in thickness from them. The committee carried out surprise raid.
4,000 kg of plastic carry bags seized during raids in Punjab- The Indian Express
Joint teams of Punjab Pollution Control Board and the Local Bodies Department on Saturday seized 4,000 kg of plastic carrybags. They were conducting a state-wide raids and checks to monitor the efficacy of a ban such bags under Mission Tandarust Punjab. A total of179 challans were issued for the same. Mission Director K S Pannu, while giving details of the drive carried out, said that surprise checks were conducted at nearly 500 shops/units.
NGT Karnataka panel gets tough on hotels, choultries - The Hindu
NGT’s Karnataka State Level Monitoring Committee (KSLMC) has made usage of reusable cutlery and in-house composting mandatory, among other major decisions. The committee, chaired by Subash B. Adi, on Monday convened a meeting of hotels and choultry owners to discuss issues pertaining to solid and plastic waste management, appraise them about the necessity of implementation of the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 and the plastic ban.
In a first, Lucknow gets road constructed using plastic waste- The Hindustan Times
In a first, the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) is constructing a road using plastic waste. The road is constructed from Gomti Nagar Police Station to Indian Institute of Management (IIM) under a pilot project by LDA in the state’s capital. Chief Engineer Indushekhar Singh told ANI, “Mixing plastic waste increases roads’ durability by 40-50 per cent, they will be durable for a longer time. Around 8-10 per cent of plastic waste is being mixed in coal tar.” Singh said that LDA has followed guidelines of the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) in road construction.
Udaipur first state in Rajasthan to treat waste in natural ways- Hindustan Times
In a first, garbage heaped on the dumping sites of the urban cities in the state of Rajasthan will be treated by natural processes of draining out moisture, stimulating the growth of microorganisms and degrading the waste in a cost-effective form.The process called bioremediation has been introduced in Udaipur city for treating waste — garbage hill accumulated for several years; some of the heaps are more than a decade old.
Wards must sort, process their own waste, says BMC- The Hindustan Times
In an attempt to reduce dumping of the city’s waste at landfills like Deonar and Kanjurmarg, which are nearing their full capacity, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is looking at decentralising waste management. In a recent review meeting of the solid waste management department (SWD), municipal commissioner Praveen Pardeshi directed officials to promote disposal and processing of waste at the ward level. SWD officials will now find vacant spaces in the wards which will be used to dispose and process the waste from the area.
Garbage contractor in Vadodara fined for throwing waste in open- The Indian express
The solid waste management department of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) has slapped a fine of Rs 1 lakh on its contractor of the door-to-door garbage collection in the city, for throwing waste in the open. The incident, which was caught on CCTV cameras on Saturday, showed a van of the contractor dumping garbage outside Nizampura Atithi Gruh.
Panchkula District takes small steps towards waste segregation- The Indian express
The Panchkula Administration has started a 100 per cent collection of waste in ward numbers 14, 15 and 16. The MC has compartmentalised 44 vehicles for garbage collection process. Commissioner of Panchkula Municipal Corporation Rajesh Yogpal said, “We have started the door-to-door garbage collection process in these wards. Within the next few months, we will cover the entire Panchkula.”
Starting July 1, MCG workers will not lift mixed waste – The Hindustan Times
Starting July 1, MCG workers will not lift mixed waste. Municipal waste will not be collected if it hasn’t been segregated into dry and wet waste. The decision, announced during a meeting of civic officials for the 2020 Swachh Survekshan Survey, was communicated in a release issued by the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) on last Wednesday.
Segregation, composting could soon be mandatory for all government officials- The Hindu
The Karnataka State government is mulling over a proposal to make composting compulsory for all its staff. The proposal was mooted by the National Green Tribunal’s State-level Monitoring Committee headed by former Upalokayukta Subhash B. Adi and the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB).
Vermont adopts the most comprehensive plastics ban in U.S.
Vermont has joined the growing list of states swearing off single-use plastics by adopting the nation’s broadest restrictions yet on shopping bags, straws, drink stirrers, and foam food packaging. The new law, which takes effect in July 2020, prohibits retailers and restaurants from providing customers with single-use carryout bags, plastic stirrers, or cups, takeout, or other food containers made from expanded polystyrene.
Vanuatu to ban disposable nappies
The island state of Vanuatu is leading the global fight against plastic waste. The nation, which has already introduced one of the toughest single-use plastic bans in the world, is believed to be the first to propose a ban on disposable nappies, to be phased in at the end of this year. The radical proposal to ban disposable nappies, which contain plastic and can take hundreds of years to degrade, has caused uproar among the country’s parents, who complain it will set women, the predominant carers of the islands’ 20,000 babies, back decades.
Coca-Cola maps out bold strategy for recycled PET
Coca-Cola Great Britain and Coca-Cola European Partners announced that it is on track to double the amount of rPET used in all other plastic bottles in early 2020. Glacéau Smartwater will move its entire range and both its 600ml and 850ml formats into 100% rPET bottles. According to Coca-Cola, the move will remove 3,100 tonnes of virgin plastic from circulation each year. The brand said that it is also working with local reprocessors to double the amount of recycled PET used in all its plastic bottles, across 20 brands, to at least 50%.
Hellmann’s commits to 100% recycled plastic food packaging
Major food and beverageMayo brand company plans to spread the use of recycled plastic packaging to more than 200 million bottles and jars by 2020 with a goal of 100% recyclable, 100% PCR-content packaging. The recycled plastic packaging is rolling out now, beginning with Hellmann's mayonnaise and mayonnaise Dressing squeeze bottles, to be followed by Hellmann's jars by the end of 2019. More than 200 million Hellmann's bottles and jars will be impacted.
Country Pure Foods Launches First Ecolean Packages in U.S
Country Pure Foods, Ohio based producer of juice-based products and a contract packaging solution for other beverage companies, is adding aseptic flexible packages from Ecolean to its product offering because of the package’s unique conveniences, shape and low environmental impact. Country Pure Foods will use 1-liter Ecolean Air Aseptic packages for its apple, orange, cranberry and grape juices. Ecolean packages are almost half the weight compared to many traditional packaging formats, and contain up to 35 percent chalk. Using fewer raw materials saves energy during production, transport and waste handling.
Starbucks launches reusable cup trial at Gatwick Airport
In a first-of-its kind trial, Starbucks is giving airport travelers the option of selecting a reusable cup, which they can return to a Cup Check-In site before boarding their plane. The trial offers drop-off points for Starbucks reusable cups throughout the international airport’s South Terminal to help cut paper cup waste and address “throw-away culture, ” says Starbucks. Any customer wishing to choose a disposable paper cup is still able to do so and will incur the 5-pence (6 cents) paper-cup charge that is live in all Starbucks stores.
Scrap plastic exports moved up in April
U.S. recovered plastic exports grew slightly in April, hitting their largest monthly volume so far in 2019. U.S. exporters shipped 141 million pounds of scrap plastic out of the country in April. U.S. traders exported 122 million pounds of recovered plastics in January, and each month that number has grown. By country, the top importers of U.S. scrap plastic in April 2019 were Canada (29 million pounds), India (25 million), Hong Kong (15 million), South Korea (10 million), Malaysia (9 million), Indonesia (8 million), Mexico (7 million), Taiwan (7 million), Turkey (6 million) and Senegal (4 million).
U.S House passes National Recycling Strategy amendment
The House of Representatives has unanimously passed an amendment to develop a national recycling strategy. Rep. Haley Stevens of Michigan introduced the amendment in H.R. 3055, the Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act. Rep. Kim Schrier of Washington co-sponsored the amendment. The amendment instructs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prioritize funding to develop a national recycling strategy to ensure the long-term economic and environmental viability of local recycling programs.
For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association