WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING
11 - 17 August, 2019 | Volume : 167
Javadekar says will chalk out concrete plan to rid India of single-use plastic- The Indian Express
Union Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar, who is in Sao Paolo, Brazil, to attend the ministerial meetings of BRICS and BASIC countries, responded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to make India free of single-use plastic and said that his ministry will review all initiatives and campaigns in this regard and “chalk out a concrete plan” to realise this target. Modi, during his address to the nation on Independence Day, had urged citizens to eliminate the use of single-use plastic and also suggested that shopkeepers provide eco-friendly bags to customers.
Uttar Pradesh government seeks compliance report on plastic ban- The Times of India
The Uttar Pradesh government has sought a report from district magistrates, municipal commissioners and other officials within three days on non-compliance of the ban on plastic in the state capital. A list of traders has also been sought who are selling banned Plastics items. Officials have been asked to inform representatives of traders in writing and talk to peoples' representatives about the plastic ban, he said. The state government has set a fresh deadline of August 31 for complete the ban.
No harmful chemicals in PET bottles, finds CSIR study- The Hindu
The CFRTI analysis, commissioned by an industry body, concluded that antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, lead, mercury, selenium and zinc “were below” their detection limits (BDL) of 0.001 mg/kg. PET bottles are safe, a comprehensive evaluation by the CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore has determined. Dr. Shekhar C. Mande, Director General, CSIR and Secretary, DSIR, Govt. of India, said in a statement: “ Of the plastics, PET is a unique and universal packaging material for food, pharmaceuticals, water, edible oils, personal care products, etc..
NGT tells DDA to take steps to curb illegal garbage dumping in lake- The Hindu
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to take requisite steps in curbing illegal dumping of garbage in Neela Hauz Lake. A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel passed the directions following submissions made by the urban body pertaining to the alleged dumping of garbage in the south Delhi lake.
Questions raised on recycling plant in Thane as debris ends up on roads- The Hindustan Times
With the heaps of debris lying, questions are raised on recycling plant in Thane as debris ends up on roads and is a common sight in Thane. On Friday, the corporators alleged that this was the main reason for city roads to be flooded as it choked the nullahs. The corporation started a recycling plant for construction and demolition waste in Daighar in December last year. In the past two years, Thane Municipal Corporation has spent more than Rs 8 crore on collection and processing of construction and demolition waste. But, the roads are strewn with construction debris. The mayor has demanded a complete report on this plant till August 20.
Delhi Government campaign on solid waste management from Aug 15- The Hindustan Times
The Delhi government will launch a campaign on solid waste management across the city next week, senior government officials said on Friday. To make the drive effective, the government has directed all the district magistrates to strategise and roll out the campaign in their respective zones.“The campaign will be launched from August 15, Independence Day. It will include door-to-door awareness drives, workshops, competitions involving residential welfare associations and schools,” an official said on condition of anonymity. The campaign intends to involve residents, students, teachers and markets to spread awareness of waste segregation and disposal.
With penalty threat, vendors forced to buy bins from GHMC- The Hindu
The sight of GHMC officials going around with penalty slips has become a menacing sign for street vendors who have not bought garbage bins from them. Several vendors have complained that they were forced to buy the bins offered by circle level officials as part of the ‘Saaf Hyderabad-Shandaar Hyderabad’ drive, after being threatened with penalty. Majority of those paying fine are street vendors and small time grocers and other commercial establishments.
Plastic shipments to India stall as ban draws near
Recovered plastic has largely stopped flowing from the U.S. into India, which until recently has been among the top importers of the material. The curtailment in material movement comes as the South Asian country prepares to implement an all-out ban on scrap plastic imports this month. The Indian government in March announced its plan to ban scrap plastic imports, later indicating the ban would take effect Aug. 31. The ban is proposed to cover most plastics under the 3915 tariff code, including PET, PE, PP, PS and more. “There has been no change in the stance,” said Rakesh Surana of scrap plastics brokerage Gemini Corporation N.V. “Because of this, all the exports out of U.S.A. or Europe to India of plastic scrap have come to a standstill,” because it takes between 30 and 45 days for containers to reach India.
German environment minister calls for plastic bag ban
German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze has said she plans to introduce a law to ban the use of plastic bags. "My ministry will get a plastic bag ban on its way," the Social Democrat said in Berlin on Sunday, without providing a timeline. She said the goal was to "get out of the throwaway, society and that overall, we use less plastic." An agreement reached with businesses in 2016 has already been successful in reducing plastic bag consumption. At many stores, consumers must now pay for plastic bags. According the Environment Ministry, there has been a 64% decline in plastic bag use since 2015. Plastic bags account for only 1% of packaged plastic consumption. Schulze also wants to reach an agreement with businesses to reduce plastic packaging for fruits and vegetables.
Trash for tickets on Indonesia’s ‘plastic bus’
Indonesian city of Surabaya – has introduced a scheme Trash for tickets where passengers can swap trash for travel tickets. The Surabaya scheme has been a hit in the city of 2.9 million, with nearly 16,000 passengers trading trash for free travel each week, according to authorities. Indonesia is the world’s second-biggest marine polluter behind China and has pledged to reduce plastic waste in its waters some 70 percent by 2025 by boosting recycling, raising public awareness, and curbing usage.
Sonoco increases recycled plastic usage
A packaging giant has notched upward the amount of RPET it uses in its food containers. Hartsville,based Sonoco’s plastic packaging incorporated 26% recycled content in 2018 (23% was post-consumer material), according to the latest sustainability report. The year before, its plastic products had 19% post-consumer content. Last year, Sonoco pledged to boost the post-consumer content in its plastics packaging to 25% by 2025. Sonoco is an integrated recyclables collector, sorter and manufacturer. The company handles about 2.8 million tons of recyclables per year, using recovered paper in its packaging and industrial products. According to Sonoco, about 1 in 5 PET bottles collected in California is used by Sonoco in clamshells for fresh produce.
Dasani to debut hybrid rPET bottles
US water brand Dasani is to be packaged in 20 ounce bottles made from up to 50 per cent plant-based renewable and recycled PET material. The Coca-Cola owned company will debut its ‘hybrid’ bottles in mid-2020.The news followed the announcement of a range of sustainable packaging initiatives by Dasani, designed to reduce plastics waste and increase the use of recycled and renewable materials in the US.
KitKat multipacks to change its packaging
Nestlé Japan is to convert the outer bag packaging of five KitKat multipack products from plastics packaging to paper as part of its commitment to using 100 per cent recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025.From late September this year, all shipments of KitKat multipacks will feature the new paper packaging. According to Nestlé Japan, the move will reduce plastics waste by more than 380 tonnes per year.
RePlanet closes 284 recycling centres across California
California’s largest chain of recycling centres, RePlanet, has ceased operations and closed all of its 284 recycling centres and processing facilities throughout the US state. According to a statement on the company’s Facebook page, the centres are no longer sustainable for a number of reasons, including “the reduction in State fees, the depressed pricing of recycled aluminium and PET plastics, and the rise in operating costs resulting from minimum wage increases and required health and workers compensation insurance.” The company added that it regrets the negative impact the closure would have.
North America’s largest companies collecting, sorting and selling curbside plastics continue to feel the pain of low commodity prices. Second-quarter financial reports from publicly traded haulers show continuing declines in recycling revenues, as they navigate market struggles precipitated by China’s import restrictions. The low prices for key commodities have, in some cases, led to the removal of plastics, particularly Nos. 3-7, from curbside recycling programs. That’s been the case in New Orleans; Sacramento, Calif.; Logan, Utah; Silver City, N.M.; Sullivan County, Tenn.; Lane County, Ore.; La Crosse, Wis.; and elsewhere.
For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association