Free meal in exchange of plastic waste in Chattisgarh - The Hindu
The Municipal Corporation of Ambikapur, in Surguja district of Chhattisgarh, in a bid to spread awareness of curbing plastic use, feed the homeless and ragpickers, and empower poor women, is going to open the cafe soon. While a kg of waste will fetch one a full meal, half a kg will get one a breakfast. One needs to go to the segregation unit near the Ambikapur bus stand, get the waste weighed, receive a coupon and relish an Indian thali at the garbage cafe on the opposite side of the road.
Railway bans single-use plastic from October 2 – The Times of India
The Indian Railways has decided to ban the usage of plastics below 50 microns, in its premises and trains, effective from October 2.As part of this move, the Railway Board has directed Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the catering arm of Indian railways, to set up plastic bottle crushing machines at all major stations expeditiously.
Use of plastics banned in Parliament complex- The Hindustan Times
The Lok Sabha Secretariat said it has banned the use of non-reusable plastic water bottles and other plastic items within the Parliament complex. All officers and staff of the Secretariat and other allied agencies working in the Parliament House Complex have been asked to comply with the directions, the secretariat said in a statement. They have also been advised to use environment friendly biodegradable bags and other material, it added.
Dairy co-ops asked to halve plastic use – The Hindu
A senior government official on Wednesday requested cooperative milk federations and private dairies to halve their use of plastic before October 2, when the country observes the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Chairing a meeting of top officials of State cooperative dairy federations and private dairies, Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Secretary Atul Chaturvedi said the dairy industry should strive to cut plastic use at least by half by October 2.
Country’s first Central Institute of Chemical Engineering Technology– The Indian Express
Union Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya said that Gujarat will get the country’s first Central Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (CICET) at Vatva or Surat. Describing Gujarat as a hub of the chemical industry, Mandiya said that Vapi, Ankleshwar and Vatva have a significant presence of chemical industries. “Gujarat will get the country’s first CICET which will be set up either in Vatva or Surat. It will be built on the lines of Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology (CIPET). The aim is to facilitate the chemical industry with research and innovations,” the minister said.
AP- NGT panel report on management of solid waste by month-end- The Hindu
The Andhra Pradesh State-level Committee on the implementation of the Solid Waste Management Rules (SWM), 2016, will submit a consolidated report to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) by August-end, documenting the existing practices and management of solid waste in the urban bodies across the State. The committee was constituted by the NGT.
15% tax rebate for housing societies that process waste- The Times of India
The BMC commissioner has cleared a proposal to give 15% tax rebate on property tax for housing societies for segregating and processing wet waste on premises, disposing dry waste through recyclers and using harvested rainwater and recycled grey water. The proposal will soon be tabled before the BMC standing committee for approval.
Tax sop fails to make sweeping change in Kalyan- The HindustanTimes
Even after exempting five per cent on property tax for a year for residents living in housing societies with zero-waste, not a single society has taken advantage of the move, according to Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC).“The exemption was introduced to encourage residents to dispose waste by segregating and processing it on their building premises,” said an official of solid waste management department, KDMC, on condition of anonymity. Residents, however, said they do not know how to carry out waste segregation and develop a processing unit inside their complexes.
EDMC installs 1,000 kg compost unit at Vikas Marg- The Hindustan Times
As part of its efforts to develop Anand Vihar into a ‘model ward’ for solid waste management on the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) instructions, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) on Wednesday installed a 1000 kg ‘aerobic compost plant’ on Vikas Marg Extension Road. The plant will utilise biodegradable waste from 5,000 households in the area daily. This includes fruit and vegetable peels coming from household kitchens and horticulture waste such as leaves and twigs from parks.
UT seeks report on SWM from Chandigarh municipal corporation- The Times of India
The UT administration has sought a report on solid waste management and door-to-door garbage collection system from the Chandigarh municipal corporation. The move comes after the UT administrator V P Singh Badnore said that solid waste management is still a challenge before the administration. Recently, 13 UT villages were merged with the municipal corporation.