WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING

14 - 20 July, 2019  |  Volume : 164

NATIONAL

Bengaluru citizens will now attract a fine for the use of plastic- The Hindu

BBMP is all set to strictly enforce the ban on plastic items from Monday. It’s not traders and shopkeepers defying the plastic ban who will be in trouble with the civic body. Citizens caught using plastic bags may also be fined.

GHMC bans plastic water bottles in its offices –The Hindu

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner M. Dana Kishore has passed orders banning disposable plastic bottles in all GHMC Head office and all zonal and circle offices. Earlier The Telangana government had instructed municipal bodies across the state to stop usage of plastic. Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar, issued guidelines to discontinue the usage of single-use plastic items, like plastic and tetra bottles, single-use straws, plastic / styrofoam tea cups/containers, plastic below 50 micron plastic or plastic coated items and any other forms of single use /banned plastic.

NGT sets a month’s deadline for total plastic ban in Kalaburagi – The Hindu

Expressing discontentment over the implementation of the plastic ban and solid waste management in Kalaburagi district, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) set a month’s deadline for a complete plastic ban, and a November 1 deadline to start segregating solid waste at source.

NGT directs agencies to deposit Rs 250 crore to remove waste from landfill sites in Delhi - The Hindustan Times

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday directed the Delhi government and municipal corporations to deposit Rs 250 crore in order to facilitate removal of waste from the landfill sites in the national capital. The green court asked the agencies to deposit the amount in an escrow account and warned that officers will not be paid salaries in case of failing to abide by the order.

Clear Bandhwari landfill in six months, green tribunal tells Haryana- The Hindustan Times

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the state government to treat and remove about 25 lakh tonnes of legacy waste accumulated over the last decade at the Bandhwari landfill within six months. The NGT has also constituted a team of government officials to oversee the matter. Additionally, the state government has been directed to deposit Rs 20 crore in an escrow account (to be controlled by the Central Pollution Control Board), which may be forfeited in case of non-compliance with the tribunal’s instructions.

BMC plans user fee on homes, businesses for garbage disposal – The Times of India

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to table a proposal before its political group leaders to levy a user fee on residential and commercial establishments across the city every month in accordance with the national Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016. Civic officials said one of the reasons for the move is to ensure that the Solid Waste Management (SWM) department remains self-sufficient.

In East Delhi, study finds not all on board for waste segregation- The Indian Express

More than 60% households in East Delhi’s 60 colonies did not segregate their waste last year, while 71% either had their waste collected by the informal sector or disposed it themselves at vacant plots and dhalaos, a study by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has shown. The proportion was even higher at markets falling under the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), where 78% establishments did not segregate their waste and 41% either had informal collectors picking up refuse or self disposed it at dhalaos, in the streets or drains.

Municipalities told to set up waste processing units in Kerala -– The Hindu

Taking a serious note of the piling up of waste at various locations, the Kottayam district administration has directed all municipalities to establish waste processing units for organic and non –organic waste.

Part of Jharkhand’s biggest dump yard to turn eco-park soon- The Hindustan Times

The board of Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) has approved the proposal of an eco-park on a portion at Ranchi’s Jhiri, one of the biggest dump yard in Jharkhand, spread across 41 acres of land where more than 600 tonnes of garbage is dumped every day since past two decades. The concept is brainchild of Ranchi deputy mayor Sanjeev Vijayvargiya who said that he saw such eco-park in Chennai. “It gave me an idea to develop a similar park in Ranchi’s Jhiri under green project initiative. It will give a breather to people living nearby,” Vijayvargiya said.

Activists refute HSPCB claims of no leachate at Bhandwari landfill – The Hindustan Times

Vivek Kamboj and Vaishali Rana Chandra of Haryali Welfare Society, a Gurugram-based NGO, has refuted claim of Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) official, who in his report submitted to the member secretary and regional officer (Gurugram), HSPCB, and to activists said it had not found any evidence of leachate being present beyond the boundary of the Bhandwari landfill, or in surrounding water bodies. The feedback has prompted activists to write to senior functionaries in the HSPCB and the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change, with pictorial and video evidence of the same.

 
INTERNATIONAL

US asks developed nations to omit Basel plastic rules

Federal regulators are asking countries that are major buyers of U.S. recyclables to refrain from implementing new trade restrictions laid out in the Basel Convention, a treaty covering global scrap material shipments. U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in his letter to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), wrote that the OECD countries have “attained high environmental standards and have the capacity to manage waste in an environmentally sound manner,” with less than 1% of scrap plastic “mismanaged” among OECD members.

City of London Corporation to eradicate unnecessary plastic waste

The City of London Corporation has approved plans to eradicate unnecessary single-use plastic waste at Guildhall and The Mansion House by Spring 2020, by the entire organization by 2021.The authority will bring in new staff procurement rules and work with contractors to roll out the policy across its supply chain, in a bid to reduce its environmental impact. Unnecessary multi-use plastic waste, like plastic folders and wrapping, will be eliminated, and other non-plastic products, such as paper towels, will be minimized.

West Chester officials vote to ban single-use plastic bags and straws

West Chester Borough Council voted 4-3 Wednesday evening to ban single-use plastic bags and disposable plastic straws. The ban is set to take effect in January, however, its future is still in doubt as it may violate a recently-passed state law. As part of this year’s state budget, the Pennsylvania legislature enacted, and the governor signed a provision prohibiting municipal bans or taxes on plastic bags or packaging for one year while legislative agencies study the economic and environmental impact.

Starlinger releases new woven plastics fabric sack collection

Starlinger has released its newest packaging solution, the AD*STAR block-bottom valve sack, which combines the advantages of a paper sack with those of woven plastic fabric. Starlinger has also released the AS*STAR easy, ICSTAR liner, and AD*STAR *ultra, which open up diverse applications as well as new markets for Starlinger customers. The AD*STAR is aiming to spark a revolution in the field of woven plastic bags, with its patented easy-open feature, which allows for quick and easy opening without the use of mechanical tools. The sack can be opened by pulling off a strip that is welded to the bottom of the sack. The line also covers a broad format range, from sack capacities from five to 100 litres.

Ampacet introduces Blue Edge 226

Ampacet has introduced Blue Edge 226, a masterbatch that has been specially formulated to enhance the appearance and performance of post-consumer resins. Developed for use in rPE, Ampacet Blue Edge 226 improves the aesthetics of packaging made of post-consumer recycled plastics. It increases film brightness by imparting a lighter bluish tone, for a clearer, fresher look with increased consumer appeal. As an added benefit, Ampacet’s Blue Edge 226 reduces the risk of additional gel formation during processing of rPE and minimises visible defects.

Plastics could be recycled to create renewable energy

Scientists have found a way to recycle plastics to create high-value materials such as carbon nanotubes, which can not only conduct heat and electricity but also help reduce plastic waste. While a small proportion of the hundreds of types of plastics can be recycled by conventional technology, researchers from Swansea University in the UK found that there are other things that can be done to reuse plastics after they have served their original purpose. The research, published in The Journal for Carbon Research, focuses on chemical recycling which uses the constituent elements of the plastic to make new materials.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment & Recycling Committee

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Ms. Ankita Satghare - +91 22 6777 8812 environment@aipma.net

 
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