WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING
01-06 July, 2019 | Volume : 163
Maharashtra govt to intensify action against those violating plastic ban- The Indian Express
Maharashtra is set to intensify its crackdown on those violating the plastic ban. State Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam announced in the legislative Assembly on Monday that he had instructed officials to initiate action against plastic manufacturers violating the ban on single-use products. “You will see the impact of this within the next eight days,” said Kadam, while replying to a query raised during the Question Hour. He said that the crackdown will continue as planned and that there will not be any further extensions.
Gujarat Civic bodies to get tough on plastic- The Times of India
After asking Amul and large plastic user companies to recycle their plastic bags, the state government has now instructed all municipal corporations and municipalities to deal strictly with plastic manufacturers, distributors and vendors found flouting plast waste management rules. The urban development department has also asked the civic bodies to prepare and submit their action plans to reduce plastic pollution.
Chennai Corporation goes after plastic manufacturers in the city – The Hindu
Chennai Corporation has started collecting a fine of Rs 25,000 from manufacturing units violating the ban on plastics. On Monday, six tonnes of banned plastic products were seized from a paper cup manufacturing unit in Samudhariya Nagar, Ambattur. “We have seized the materials and informed the district environmental engineer of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board. We have imposed a fine of Rs 25000,” said an official.
Ban on plastic in Mount Abu from August 15- The Times of India
The Sirohi administration and the Forest Department have decided to ban the use of plastic in Rajasthan's Mount Abu from August 15. The decision to ban plastic was taken at a meeting of officials from the district administration and the Forest Department on Tuesday. The ban will cover plastic carry bags, boxes, thermocol cups and packed water bottles of Plastics.
Ramanathapuram gets tough on single use plastic items – The Hindu
Gearing up to completely wipe out the use of one-time use plastic items, which were banned from January 1, this year, the district administration Ramanathapuram, in Madurai, has warned imposition of fines for stocking, selling, transporting and distributing these plastic items, which posed serious threat to the environment. Collector K. Veera Raghava Rao announced fine amounts fixed for the violators in different categories.
MCC to provide wet waste collection points for caterers – The Hindu
Mangaluru City Corporation will provide waste collection points for food caterers, who are among the largest generators of wet waste in the city. This was decided at the meeting with the MCC and the hoteliers in Mangaluru on wednesday. The meeting was held to make the traders aware of the Solid Waste Management Rules 2016.
Clean Kerala plans e-waste processing centre at Kuttipuram- The Hindu
With no scientific disposal of e-waste and hazardous waste in the State, Clean Kerala Company Ltd has embarked on a project to tackle the menace. As a first step, land has been identified at Kuttipuram in Malappuram to set up an e-waste dismantling and recycling unit along with an integrated plastic management facility. To facilitate the unit, four places have been identified in Kannur, Malappuram, Kochi, and Kottayam to set up collection centers of e-waste and hazardous waste. Two more will be identified soon.
Vijaywada’s Tadipatri becomes plastic-free- The Hindu
A small town in Vijaywada has big achievement as it becomes plastic-free. A strong environmental consciousness, political will, and active public participation has turned Tadipatri, a small town in Anantapur district, into one of the very few towns/cities that can truly claim to be ‘plastic-free’. With 50MT/day of waste, the civic body manages to dispose it in a clean, green way that generates some energy too.
Kochi Corporation told to devise revenue model for waste treatment – The Hindu
The State Level Monitoring Committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the Kochi Corporation to come up with an action plan for developing a revenue model for effective treatment of waste. The recommendation figures among the recent 15-point directive issued by the committee to the civic body for management of solid, plastic, biomedical and electronic waste.
New York City foam ban begins
The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) began enforcing its foam ban law July 1. The foam ban prohibits New York City stores and food service businesses from offering, selling or possessing single-use foam food containers, such as takeout clamshells, cups, plates, bowls, coolers and trays. Additionally, manufacturers and stores may no longer sell loose fill packaging, typically known as “packing peanuts,” in the city. The ban applies to for-profit or nonprofit food service establishments, mobile food commissaries and stores that sell or use foam items as well as to manufacturers and distributors of expanded polystyrene foam packaging that are located or operate within any of the five boroughs of New York City.
Bali officially bans all single-use plastic to curb ocean pollution
Bali has banned the use of single-use plastic items in a bid to cut down on ocean pollution. The law prohibiting plastic bags, straws and Styrofoam has come into effect as of July 2, after a six-month transition period that ended last month. The Indonesian government has ambitious goals for the policy, hoping to achieve a 70 percent decrease in Bali’s plastic marine waste within a year.
San Francisco bans some commonly used plastic items
Beginning July 1, San Francisco joined the cities of Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland, Richmond and Santa Cruz in banning the use of some commonly used single-use foodware plastics, requiring compostable alternatives to plastic beverage plugs, cocktail sticks, plastic stirrers and toothpicks. Starting January 1, all straws and food containers sold in San Francisco must be biodegradable. Plastic bans have proven to work at reducing waste. San Francisco was the first city in the nation to ban plastic bags in 2007.
SA Government looking to introduce new policy on single-use plastics
The South Africa government is mulling whether to introduce a new policy meant to combat the use of single-use plastics and their disposal management. This as business intensifies its calls for the plastic bag levy to be ring-fenced so it can all be used for recycling and to fix SA’s inadequate waste management facilities. Plastics SA that represents the plastics industry in South Africa, including polymer producers, converters and recyclers had earlier called on the government to take immediate steps to ring-fence the plastic bag levy so it can all be used for recycling.
Pepsi will try sell people canned water
Pepsi said that starting early next year, its Aquafina brand of water would be test-marketed in aluminum cans at some retailers and food-service providers. Pepsi also plans to sell its carbonated water, Bubly, in cans and to put Lifewtr, a purified water that contains electrolytes, in bottles made entirely from recycled plastic.
Novamont’s bioplastic degrading like paper in the sea
Novamont has announced that testing has shown its Mater-Bi bioplastic has biodegraded in the sea similarly to cellulose and paper. In a detailed presentation of analysis conducted over months, the results could offer packaging firms and brands an option to boost their sustainability footprint. Novamont revealed the details of the research showing its bioplastic degrading like paper in the sea.
Nestle unveils plastic-free packaging for snack bars
Food and beverage giant Nestle has unveiled a paper-based alternative to flexible plastic wrapping, which it is using to house its newest snack bar range that hit the market on July 1. The plastic-free packaging, which is being used for the firm’s new YES! snack bar brand, is made using coated paper that is classed as widely recyclable in the UK and mainland Europe. Nestle has pledged to ensure the paper used to make the packaging is from sources certified as sustainable.
Shanghai implements strict regulations on SWM
As China seeks to recycle more, Shanghai implements strict regulations. Individuals may be fined anything from 50 to 200 yuan (one yuan converts to roughly Rs 10) for not complying with the new waste management policy, while enterprises can be fined up to 5,000 yuan for failing to have the right trash bins in place. A five-star hotel in Shanghai was the first to receive a warning for violating the city’s new domestic garbage sorting regulations that came into effect Monday.
G-20 plastic trash reduction goal doesn’t address ‘excessive’ production
Activists welcomed a goal set by the Group of 20 major economies’ to reduce additional plastic trash leaking into the ocean to zero by 2050, but said it avoided getting at the heart of the problem – slashing the output of wasteful, single-use plastics in the first place. They also said the target date was too far away and the limited number of steps to proposed by the G-20 was voluntary, not legally binding, limiting their effectiveness.
For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association