WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING
23-29 June, 2019 | Volume : 162
Government should back MSMEs, cut import duties, urges plastic industry--The Financial Express
The government has planned to ban single use plastics by 2022, but phasing out and banning of specific products should be considered only after due process to understand 360 degree view has been completed, AIPMA said in its Budget proposal. The plastic industry, which is expected to touch Rs 5 lakh crore-mark by 2025, Wednesday urged the government to support the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the sector and not to increase import duty on raw materials.
GPCB asks Plastic makers to shut - The Indian Express
Representatives of the plastic industry on Wednesday gathered at the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) premises to discuss the future course of action after the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) slapped closure orders on 50 plastic manufacturing units and issued a “notice of direction” against 88 others for not complying with environmental norms. The industry was earlier given 15 days’ time to reply to the “notice of direction” before the 50 units were told to shut down, Addressing the plastic manufacturers, a Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) official said that in the past three years, the state government had been trying hard to get the plastic industry to comply with environmental norms but things have been moving at a slow pace.
Plastic ban to be total in Sabarimala, base camps- The Hindu
Manufacturers of food items like biscuits, sweets, dried and fried items, fruit juices, etc., packed in plastic, will have to face a tough time during the forthcoming Sabarimala pilgrimage season as the district administration has decided to implement the ban on plastic materials at Sabarimala and its base camps of Pampa and Nilackal.
Steep drop in use of plastic in Bengaluru – The Times of India
The use of plastic on a downswing in Bengaluru claims Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike(BBMP). According BBMP records, it seized 3,921kg of banned plastic material in the first two months of fiscal 2019-20 and fined offenders a total of Rs 16 lakh as compared to the1.2 lakh kg of plastic and penalties of around Rs 74 lakh on violators in 2018-19.
NGT directs CPCB to strictly implement ban on import of plastic waste – The Times of India
The NGT has directed the Central Pollution Control Board to strictly implement the ban on import of plastic waste in the country as it is hazardous for the environment. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said local bodies have to encourage the use of plastic waste for road construction or energy recovery or waste to oil.
NGT sets July 14 ultimatum for Kochi Corporation for SWM – The Hindu
The State Level Monitoring Committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has pulled up the Kochi Corporation for not complying with its directives on solid waste management issued since March 1. The committee has decided to inform the tribunal about the corporation’s “failure” if its directives are not implemented by July 14.
Professor makes Petrol from Plastic – India Times
A Hyderabad-based mechanical engineer has done wonders by making petrol out of used plastic and now he is selling it at Rs 40 per litre. Professor Satish Kumar had founded a company registered with the ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises told News18 that he made petrol with the help of a three step process known as plastic pyrolysis.
Recycling of milk packets to begin in a month- The Indian Express
The Maharashtra government Thursday set a new deadline for implementing a mechanism to collect and recycle plastic milk packets. Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam said all dairies in the state had agreed to set up recycling plants and start a depository scheme of 50 paise per pouch for recollecting and recycling milk packets. “The mechanism will be in place within a month,” he said.
BMC asks beverage companies to set up plastic waste recycling units – The Times of India
Mechanised facilities to segregate various types of dry garbage is on the cards for the city. The BMC has decided to allow manufacturers of plastic water bottles to set up six such facilities in the city on plots owned by the civic body. The Mechanised segregation facilities will be set up using funds from the plastic bottle manufacturers.
Residents’ help sought to minimise Plastic use in Kochi – The Hindu
The Kochi Corporation plans to step up measures to ensure proper segregation of solid waste and cut down the use of plastic. “We are monitoring the segregation of solid waste on a daily basis. The Mayor has requested the co-operation of residents’ associations and merchants to minimise the use of plastic,” said Anu R.S., Secretary, Kochi Corporation.
Device to trap ocean plastic relaunches – The Hindu
A floating device designed to catch plastic waste has been redeployed in a second attempt to clean up an island of trash swirling in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii. The 2,000-foot long floating boom that broke apart late last year was sent back to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch this week after four months of repair.
Ireland surpasses all EU recycling targets including plastics, glass and metal
Ireland has surpased every recycling and recovery target set for it by the European Commission, making it the 21st year in a row that Ireland has surpassed all recycling and recovery targets. Ireland’s overall recycling rate of 68% for all materials is ahead of the EU targets by 13% and one of the lead performances in Europe, according to Repak. In 2018, recycling increased by 15,930 tonnes (2.5%) to 636,310 tonnes and plastic waste recovery increased by 70,431 tonnes (35.7%) to 267,939 tonnes.
Kenya to ban single-use plastics by 2020
President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a ban on the use of single-use plastics in beaches, national parks, forests and conservation areas that takes effect in the country by 2020. Uhuru said that the ban will take effect on June 5, 2020. Two years ago, Kenya banned the use, manufacture and sale of environmentally harmful plastics, polythene bags and packaging materials.
McDonald’s to ditch plastic packaging in salads and McFlurry shake-up
McDonald’s UK is to remove single-use plastics from its salads range and plastic lids from all McFlurry ice creams, in a major drive to reduce plastic packaging. All main meal and side salads will be served in 100% renewable and recyclable cardboard containers instead of single-use plastic. Changing out the existing plastic bowl, shaker salad cups and lids will result in 102 metric tons of plastic being removed annually.
Handplanes made from Marine debris
Recycled ocean plastic was recently used to create a small batch of “handplanes,” which are tools employed by bodysurfers. The project partners are planning additional, larger production runs. The project – which was a partnership between a small manufacturer, a plastics recycling company and a nonprofit organization – converted plastic litter from Australian beaches into the products.
Sims Recycling Solutions aims to advance electronics recycling
New York-based Sims Metal Management announced its multiyear strategic growth plan, which focuses on introducing new business sectors as well as growing existing business, including its global electronics recycling business Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), Tampa, Florida. As part of the plan, SRS aims to expand electronics recycling services, as well as become a leading electronics recycler of data or “cloud” storage devices and an equipment manufacturer supplier of recycled plastic.
For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association