WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING

25 - 31 August, 2019  |  Volume : 169

NATIONAL

India to ban six single-use plastic products from October 2- The Indian Express

India is set to impose a nationwide ban on as many as six items on Oct. 2, the birth anniversary of independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, two officials said. These include plastic bags, cups, plates, small bottles, straws and certain types of sachets, said the officials, who asked not to be identified, in line with government policy. “The ban will be comprehensive and will cover manufacturing, usage and import of such items,” one official said.

New PWM bye laws proposed- The Times of India

The municipal corporations in the capital have submitted to Delhi government the redrafted bylaws for implementing Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016. The proposed norms, last redrafted on August 14, have been submitted to the urban development department, the notifying authority for Delhi Once notified, these norms will become the backbone of plastic waste management in Delhi. The corporations have suggested various measures from hefty fines going up to Rs 50,000 to to making plastic manufactures and importers responsible to control the haphazard flow of plastic waste, the official said.

Mann ki Baat: PM calls for mass movement and appeals for recycling – The Indian Express

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday in his ‘Mann ki Baat’ urged people to observe the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi this year as a day to make India plastic-free and exhorted municipalities, NGOs and the corporate sector to come up with ways for safe disposal of accumulated plastic waste before Diwali. The call for a mass movement “Swachhta Hi Seva” campaign, which will begin on September 11, came days after Modi's Independence Day's address in which he had urged people to shun 'single-use' plastic to protect the environment. "I also appeal to the corporate sector to come out with ways and means for appropriate disposal of all accumulated plastic. It can be recycled; it can be transformed into fuel. This way we can accomplish our task of ensuring safe disposal of plastic waste.

Ensure plastic ban or face action: UP govt to officials- The Indian Express

The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday said strict action would be taken against officials if it was found that banned plastic was being sold in any area of Lucknow from next month. Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said he would inspect the areas in the city to ensure the implementation of the plastic ban. As per the government's order, plastic having thickness less than 50 microns has been banned with a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh and 6 months jail for violators.

Amit Shah urges women, shopkeepers to Shun plastic bags- The Indian Express

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday appealed to women not to use plastic bags and suggested that they carry bags made of cloth or khadi.

Air India to ban single-use plastic on flights from October 2- The Indian Express

Air India will ban the usage of single-use plastic on its flights in a phased manner, starting October 2. In the first phase, the ban will be enforced on all Air India Express and Alliance Air flights. In the second phase, the ban will be implemented on all Air India flights. In a statement, Air India stated, “Plastic teacups and tumblers will be replaced with sturdy paper cups and tumblers. Crew meal cutlery will be replaced with lightweight steel cutlery.

Flipkart announces measures to curb single use plastic--The Indian Express

Flipkart has also announced its commitment to eliminate use of plastics in packaging and that by March 2021 they will move towards 100% recycled plastic consumption in its own supply chain. Flipkart Thursday announced it had achieved a 25 per cent reduction in single-use plastic as of August 1 through various initiatives across its packaging value chain.

IIP scientists develop tech for Plastics to Diesel – Hindustan Times

A small group of scientists at the Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), Dehradun, started work on a project to make something useful from the hazardous waste with the mission to develop a technology that will not only help in disposing of the plastic but will also result in generating revenue from it. After much effort, the institute developed a technology to convert plastic into petroleum products such as diesel, petrol and other aromatic compounds. Sanat Kumar, senior scientist in-charge of the project at IIP Dehradun said many people find it difficult to understand how plastic can be changed into diesel.

BMC to start door-to-door collection of hazardous domestic waste- The Indian Express

To ensure proper disposal of non-biodegradable waste such as sanitary napkins and diapers, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will soon start door-to-door collection of hazardous domestic waste. As of now, the civic body collects wet and dry waste from housing societies.

120 marshals in Begaluru’s core zones from September 1- The Hindu

From September, 120 marshals will be deployed at wards in core zones of the city. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) recently issued a work order to the Karnataka Ex-Servicemen Welfare Society, for deployment of ex-servicemen as ward marshals in all 198 wards for one year. As per the work order issued, the marshals have been appointed to monitor and enforce penalties and works pertaining to solid waste management.

North Delhi body to declare a few areas as plastic-free- The Hindu

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation will soon declare certain areas, including the civic centre and other municipal facilities such as hospitals under its jurisdiction, as “plastic-free zones”. The modalities are being worked out and the policy will be ready by September 1, senior officials said.

IIT Delhi’s ‘waste to wealth’ center to clean water bodies -The Indian Express

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi partnered with the Denmark-based DESMI to setup ‘DESMI Centre of Excellence on Waste to Wealth’ at IIT Delhi. The objective of the DESMI Center for Excellence (CoE) is the removal of floating debris from drains including Babarpur, Barapullah and other water bodies in Delhi and generate resource from the mixed waste feedstock collected.

Zero waste initiative set to be extended to all 15 zones in Chennai- The Hindu

The Chennai Corporation is set to expand its zero waste initiative to all 15 zones, creating awareness among residents of all neighbourhoods of the city. A few months after launching the initiative in Anna Nagar, work on developing decentralised waste processing facilities for changing it into a zero waste zone gained momentum across the city.

Kochi Corporation told to ensure 100% doorstep waste collection- The Hindu

The State Level Monitoring Committee (SLMC) on solid waste management has asked the Kochi Corporation to ensure 100% doorstep collection of waste generated in households and commercial buildings in all the 74 wards under the civic body by August 31.

BBMP hands over five tonnes of plastic to KIA- The Hindu

In a step towards meeting Kempegowda International Airport’s sustainability mission, Bangalore International Airport Ltd. (BIAL) received around five tonnes of plastic from Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Monday. More plastic will be handed over to BIAL in the future based on demand. BIAL is to use this plastic to lay roads at second terminal under way at KIA.

IIT Patna signs MoU for ODF, SWM, PWM in?Bhojpur- The Hindustan Times

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Patna and the District Water and Sanitation Committee (DWSC), Bhojpur at a ceremony at IIT Patna on Monday to foster long-term collaboration in the area of solid-liquid waste management (SLWM) and open defecation free plus (ODF+) activities in the Bhojpur District of Bihar. IIT Patna will be the technical partner for the DWSC, Bhojpur in the specific areas of biodegradable solid waste management, grey water management, plastic waste management, and faecal sludge management.

 
INTERNATIONAL

Victorian Greens look to extend single-use plastic ban

The Australian state government of Victoria the Victorian Greens are set to introduce an amendment on Thursday to extend the state's ban on single-use plastics to other items including straws, stirrers, cutlery, cotton tips, polystyrene takeaway containers and cups. Single-use plastic shopping bags will be banned across the state from 1 November.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) ban plastic water bottles

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has placed a ban on single-use plastic water bottles in favor of more sustainable options. The move is part of SFO’s five-year strategic plan launched in 2016 to become a zero “waste-to-landfill” airport by 2021. Nearly 100 water bottle filling stations ahead of the water bottle ban announcement. “We waited until now because a few years back there was really no market in place to provide an alternative to water in a plastic bottle,” SFO’s public information officer, Doug Yakel, said.

UK supermarket Tesco to ditch Brands using excessive Plastic Packaging

UK supermarket Tesco has pledged to ditch brands which use excessive packaging, in a bid to reduce single-use plastic. Tesco's chief executive, Dave Lewis, said that the company will 'reserve the right not to list' items packaged in too much non-recyclable wrapping. Also from next year, the store will assess packaging as part of its 'ranging decisions' - and not list the product if the packaging is 'excessive or inappropriate'.

Hasbro to phase out Plastics in next 3 years

Hasbro, one of the world's largest toy manufacturers, has stepped up its sustainability game and is phasing out all plastics used to package its toys and games by the end of 2022.The plastics ban covers just the packaging, not the plastic action figures or dolls or trucks inside the packaging. Most of the toys Hasbro sells will continue to be made of plastic.

Danish producer relaunches Baby Foods in pouches

Danish company, Christina Hansen has relaunched Baby Foods their baby cereals line in pouches. The organic, natural and healthy cereals should not be exposed to light, oxygen or moisture and are therefore packed into a multilayer bag that offers the best possible protection. The reclosable Schur stand-up bags ensure the best possible protection, once the seal has been broken.The eye-catching bags are designed with reverse print on a matte film which is then laminated.

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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