WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING

4 - 10 August, 2019  |  Volume : 166

NATIONAL

Goa: Anti-plastic bill tabled, fines up to Rs 50,000 mooted- The Times of India

The Goa Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Amendment Bill that aims to curtail the plastic menace by restraining the use, manufacture and sale of plastic bags, was tabled in the Goa Legislative assembly. The amendment bill will have a new section 3A, to prohibit the manufacture and sale of plastic carry bags and items made of plastic/styrofoam such as cups and straws. Burning of non-biodegradable garbage in public places has been banned. Dumping plastic waste in public places has been proposed to be made a punishable offence.

‘Look into plea alleging pollution by plastic units’ says NGT- The Hindu

Following a plea alleging operation of illegal plastic factories in the Bhajanpura, the National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to look into the allegations and take appropriate action. A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said, “Let the DPCC look into the allegations and take appropriate action in accordance with law.” The direction came when the green panel was hearing a plea moved by petitioner Manish Sharma who alleged that the illegal industries were adversely affecting the environment causing air, noise and water pollution.

NGT panel told to submit report on unscientific handling of plastic –The Hindu

The National Green Tribunal has directed an appointed oversight committee to submit the final report pertaining to the unscientific handling of plastic, by October 31. The directions came when the green panel was dealing with a matter pertaining to unregulated handling of plastic, including burning of plastic waste that contributed to air pollution.

NGT expresses dissatisfaction over report on compliance of solid waste management in Agra- The Indian Express

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has expressed dissatisfaction over the report filed by the Uttar Pradesh government over compliance of Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 in Agra city and said it shows very little progress. The NGT had earlier said that major pollution is being caused in the Yamuna at Agra by dumping of garbage and sewage and directed the UP government to furnish a performance guarantee of Rs 25 crore for its failure in discharging duties. It noted that 61 per cent of untreated sewage was being discharged into river Yamuna.

BMC to collect compost from bulk generators and give it to farmers- The Times of India

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to collect compost generated by residential societies and commercial establishments and hand it over to farmers who arrive in the city for weekly markets to sell vegetables and fruits. Compost is added to soil as a fertilizer to increase farm output. A BMC official said they plan to create a database of those interested in handing over the compost generated on their premises to farmers.

Growing garbage mess in Himalayan States- The Times of India

Garbage heaps in popular destinations are harming ecology, In fact, more than two-thirds of the total waste produced in 10 Himalayan states of the country is not processed and ends up in landfills and pits, according to data presented recently in the Parliament by the Union ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEF).

BMC wants private land for recycling- The Hindustan Times

The Brihanmumbai municipal corporation (BMC) is now looking for private land in the space-starved city to set up and operate construction debris processing units for its ‘Debris on Call’ service. The units will be responsible for setting up a 24x7 helpline and online system to receive calls for lifting debris, assigning drop-off and collection points in each ward, arranging transportation to the plant, processing, recycling and then reusing the debris. This comes after the civic body failed over seven times to find contractors for the job in the past few months. As part of its latest tender, the BMC has added a clause that allows any Mumbaiite to set up a plant if they have a large open space.

SLMC directs Kochi Police chiefs to act tough- The Hindu

The State Level Monitoring Committee (SLMC) on solid waste management constituted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the District Police Chiefs (Kochi City and Ernakulam Rural) to act tough against those involved in unauthorised waste dumping in Ernakulam district. The move forms part of the series of steps being initiated by the committee to check incidents of illegal and unscientific dumping of solid waste across the State.

Garbage dump yard to be capped in Anantapur- The Hindu

The garbage dump yard in Anantapur will very soon be a pleasant place to visit if the State government okays the Anantapur Municipal Corporation’s Rs 50 crore proposals to the Swachh Andhra Corporation. As per the proposal, more than 125 metric tonnes of solid waste produced daily in the city would be segregated at source and the dry waste, including plastic, sent to factories for production of energy. Capping the existing garbage dumpyard is another proposal, which is also being considered for which the AMC had sought the approval of the Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board.

BBMP plans to tap methane gas from Bellahalli quarry, supply it as fuel –The Hindu

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is planning to tap methane gas from the quarry pit, bottle it and supply the fuel to nearby communities free of cost. It’s an ambitious proposal given the size of the quarry, which is spread over 26 acres, but the civic body is optimistic. Senior officials said that, according to initial estimates, the quarry pit will generate enough gas for supply to around 5,000 households.

 
INTERNATIONAL

Senegal is cracking down on plastic waste

Tired of seeing Senegal’s seascapes spoiled by ever-growing mounds of cheap plastic bags, authorities plan to crack down on polluters by imposing fines and further restricting plastic use. Environment Minister Abdou Karim Sall told Reuters. “We will go around shops ... we have security forces who can support us. We’re going to start enforcing this law in its full force,” he said. Sall said the government would introduce a new bill in the coming months to ban a wider range of plastic, including thicker shopping bags, following similar moves in Kenya and Rwanda.

SFO becomes the first airport to enact a plastic water bottle ban

The San Francisco International Airport announced the decision to ban the sale of the bottles last week as part of a larger zero-waste initiative and in compliance with a 2014 city ordinance. Under the new policy, shops, restaurants, lounges and vending machines will not be allowed to sell or offer water in plastic bottles. Instead, passengers are encouraged to bring their own containers and refill them at stations around the airport.

Sri Lanka to Ban Coloured Water Bottles and Plastic Wrappers

Sri Lanka will soon ban coloured plastic water bottles and wrappers on drinking water bottles in order to protect the environment. The Information Department, quoting a statement by State Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment Ajith Mannapperuma, said that the government had received a positive response to suspend the manufacture of blue-coloured plastic water bottles and plastic wrappers, as it would help protect the nation's environment.

Magnum launches industry-first tubs made from recycled plastic

Unilever has launched Magnum ice cream in tubs made from recycled polypropylene plastic packaging – a first in the ice cream industry. Up to 600,000 tubs are now available across Europe, with millions more to roll out globally. The move is part of Unilever’s wider global commitment to ensure that at least 25% of its plastic packaging will come from post-consumer recycled content by 2025. Julien Barraux, vice president Magnum, said: “We are proud to be one of the world’s first food brands to pioneer this ground-breaking technology.” The tubs are available in Belgium, Spain and The Netherlands, with over three million more due to be launched globally in 2020.

US Scrap plastic exports plummet 43% this year

Federal trade statistics released last week show U.S. export volumes for the first six months of 2019. Recycled plastics have seen a major drop when compared with figures from a year ago.U.S. exporters shipped out 773 million pounds of scrap plastic in the first half of 2019, down 47% from the nearly 1.5 billion pounds exported during that period last year. The 1.5 billion pounds in 2018 was already down from 2.1 billion pounds in 2017, a decrease of about 29%. U.S. exports of the material have been heavily impacted by multiple factors in recent years – first by China’s ban on most scrap plastic imports and then by a rash of import restrictions implemented throughout Southeast Asia.

California’s rePlanet closes CRV redemption network

California-based rePlanet LLC, which operated a network of beverage container redemption centers throughout California, ceased operations and closed all of its 284 recycling centers and processing facilities Aug. 5, according to a news release issued that same day by the company. RePlanet also says it terminated its entire workforce, numbering 750 people, throughout the state of California.“With the continued reduction in state fees, the depressed pricing of recycled aluminum and PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic and the rise in operating costs resulting from minimum wage increases and required health and workers compensation insurance, the company has concluded that operation of these recycling centers and supporting operations is no longer sustainable.”

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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