WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING
21 - 27 July, 2019 | Volume : 165
Goa likely to ban single-use plastic items
The state government is looking to amend the Goa Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, for banning single-use of plastic in the coastal state, Goa Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral told the legislative Assembly on Thursday."The Department of Environment has proposed an amendment to Goa Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, for banning single-use of plastic. This has been vetted by the Law Department and elected to the place before legislative assembly in this session," Nilesh Cabral said, in his written reply tabled during the ongoing monsoon session of the House.
Mayor holds awareness session on plastic ban in Bengaluru -The Indian Expresss
Bengaluru mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun met students of BBMP School, Kasturbanagar in a bid to spread awareness on the local civic body’s ban on plastic in the city. She was accompanied by various officials of the BBMP during the session held on Wednesday morning.
Plastic manufacturing units under scanner – The Hindu
Health officials of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) have begun spot inspections to ascertain if any plastic manufacturing units continue to function in the city. Recently, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board sent a list of 37 plastic manufacturing units in the city to the BBMP, with a direction to ascertain if they continue to operate. The KSPCB had issued closure notices to these units.
Pollution control board seals 24 unauthorised plastic processing units- The Hindu
The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) on Thursday sealed at least 24 illegal units which segregate and process plastic in villages in outer Delhi. On Thursday, a team of officials of DPCC, municipal corporation, Delhi Police, Revenue Department and BSES visited about 10 villages including, Mundka, Tikri Kalan, and Nangloi, where the units were operating, said a DPCC official.
Plastic bags banned in 18 States, CPCB tells NGT – The Hindu
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has informed the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that 18 States have imposed complete ban on the use of plastic carry bags while in five other States, a partial ban was imposed at religious and historical sites. The CPCB told a Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel that while 12 States and Union Territories have submitted the respective action plans pertaining to plastic waste management, seven others have not imposed the ban yet.
NGT directs Delhi govt to deposit Rs 25 crore with CPCB for failing to curb pollution in city- The Indian Express
Expressing dissatisfaction over action taken by the Delhi government against unauthorised industrial activities, the NGT has asked the Delhi government to deposit Rs 25 crore with the CPCB for its failure to curb the problem of pollution in the city. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel asked the AAP government to furnish a performance guarantee of Rs 25 crore and the apex pollution monitoring body to ensure that there is no further lapse in this regard.
Bengaluru should be free of plastic by September 1 urges NGT-- The New Indian Express
National Green Tribunal (NGT) chairman (state-level committee)--Justice Subhash Adi on Sunday urged the civic body officials and Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun to take appropriate action to ensure that the city is plastic-free by September 1. Addressing the city residents and owners of wedding halls at an event he warned Bengaluru residents that the penalty amount would be doubled in case they did not segregate wet and dry waste.
Janakpuri ‘model ward’ residents want compost pits, segregation centre removed- The Hindustan Times
Barely two months after Janakpuri South was declared the city’s first “model ward” for solid waste management on orders from the National Green Tribunal (NGT), residents are protesting the measures taken. The area comes under the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC).Ward councillor BJP’s Veena Sharma is demanding that the two compost pits and the segregation centre be moved. “They smell very bad and attract scavenging birds, animals like cows, dogs and pigs, besides insects,” said Sharma. The locals say the situation worsens during rains.
Four more waste collection hubs to be opened in Thiruvanathapuram – The Hindu
A month after the opening of a dry waste segregated collection hub in Sasthamangalam, its success has prompted the city Corporation to come up with more such hubs in different parts of the city. To be opened in the next few weeks are collection hubs in four more places – near Museum junction, near Ayurveda college, in Kazhakuttam and near the University College in Palayam. The collection hub facilitates segregated depositing of glass, paper, footwear, bags, plastic, broken glass pieces, cloth and metal waste.
Residential societies in Rajkot told to manage their own wet waste- The Indian Express
To ensure waste segregation at source and the decentralised processing of municipal solid waste, Rajkot Municipal Corporation has issued a notification directing bulk waste generators, including residential welfare associations, to put in place arrangements to segregate wet waste and dry waste generated on their premises and to set up facilities to process and dispose of biodegradable waste. Violators could face action under Section 376 of the Gujarat Provincial Municipal Corporations (GPMC) Act and Solid Waste Management (SWM) Rules, 2016.
UPPCB imposes fine on four Noida hospitals for not segregating waste- The Hindustan Times
In a first, the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) has proposed a penalty on four private hospitals in Noida for lapses in bio-medical waste segregation, officials said. The moves come a week after the Uttar Pradesh Solid Waste Monitoring Committee imposed a penalty of Rs 2.8 crores on three Noida’s private hospitals for defunct effluent treatment plants (ETPs) and improper segregation of waste.
Visakhapatnam Waste-to-energy plant may be commissioned by year-end- The Hindu
The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) officials are putting in efforts to commission the waste-to-energy plant being constructed at Kapulupada by the year-end. Municipal Commissioner G Srijana who visited the plant here on Thursday interacted with the representatives of Jindal Group which is executing the project and asked them to speed up the work.
In Indonesia, a court victory for Bali’s ban on single-use plastics
A ban on single-use plastics on the Indonesian island of Bali will stay in place, after the country’s top court rejected a challenge by the plastic-recycling industry, Indonesian Plastic Recyclers Association. The Bali provincial government rolled out regulation last December calling for a prohibition on the use of plastic bags, straws and Styrofoam, in an effort to combat the plastic waste littering. While the ban was widely welcomed, the Indonesian Plastic Recyclers Association filed a legal challenge in March with the Supreme Court, arguing the policy would harm manufacturers and recyclers of single-use plastics, as well as the trash pickers who make a living from scavenging plastic waste. The association branded the ban discriminatory and a violation of human rights. However, it was rejected.
Portugal plastic ban from 2020
Portugal’s parliament has voted unanimously to approve legislation to end the use of plastic bags and trays for bread, fruit and vegetables and the sale of disposable plastic crockery.In the last plenary session of the current parliament, all parties voted in favour of a bill tabled by the Greens that applies to “all commercial establishments that sell bread, vegetables and fruits”. Under the legislation, from next year it will be forbidden to make available the transparent plastic bags currently common in fruit and vegetable sections, as well as the disposable trays, “usually wrapped in plastic or expanded polystyrene”, for those products.Deputies also unanimously adopted a bill that combines initiatives by the Greens, Left Bloc, People-Animals-Nature and Communist Party, all of which are intended to prohibit the sale or use of disposable plastic crockery and cutlery in the restaurant trade, shops and at public events.
Islamabad to ban single-use plastic bags effective August 14
Pakistan’s Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul began the countdown on Tuesday to August 14, after which selling and using single-use plastic bags will become an offence punishable with a fine in the capital. In the summary approved by cabinet, the manufacturers of single-use plastic bags within the limits of the capital will be fined between Rs100,000 and Rs500,000 after Aug 14. Implementation will be strict and raids will be carried out with the assistance of law enforcement.
UK government announces £60m funding in push for sustainable plastics
The Department for Business has announced a £60m investment to help cut single-use plastics. The funding, part of an additional £149m investment from the private sector, could be used to find ways to cut waste in the supply-chain and create new sustainable recyclable materials. New forms of packaging and plastic made from plants, wood chippings and food waste will be part of the focus through the investment, which could include using plants instead of oils to make plastic.
US lawmakers propose legislative proposal for Plastics recycling
Lawmakers are bringing plastics recycling to the federal level with a legislative proposal that includes a national bottle bill and extended producer responsibility.
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-California., are proposing national extended producer responsibility (EPR) for plastic packaging, minimum recycled-content mandates for certain materials, a nationwide container deposit and more. Last week, they released an outline of legislation they plan to introduce later this year.
Trade plastic bottles for metro tickets in Rome
Machines have been placed at three Rome metro stations which allow passengers to “earn” public transport tickets by recycling their old plastic bottles, local authorites have announced The machines were placed in the Cipro station on Line A, Piramide on Line B and San Giovanni on Line C. Each bottle recycled is worth the equivalent of five euro cents in points, meaning you need to recycle 30 bottles to accumulate enough points for ticket.Points will be transferred to passengers through the My Cicero and TabNet apps, according to public transport authority ATAC.
For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association