WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING

1 - 7 September, 2019  |  Volume : 170

NATIONAL

Food ministry to ban single-use plastic from September 15 - The Times of India

Food and consumer affairs ministry has decided to ban single-use plastic in its various departments as well as the public sector units under its administration from September 15. Ram Vilas Paswan announced "a blanket ban on all types of single use plastic products" in the ministry as well as PSUs, including Food Corporation of India (FCI) from September 15. The decision on this was taken at a high-level meeting with secretaries of both the departments i.e. consumer affairs and food, CMD of Food Corporation of India, DG Bureau of India Standards, MD of CWC, director, Legal Metrology along with other senior officials of the ministry.

Nitin Gadkari orders ban of ‘single-use’ plastic in transport ministry – The Hindustan Times

In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech urging for the elimination of single-use-plastic, union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari has ordered all departments under his ministry to ban its usage with immediate effect.

UGC asks universities to ban single-use plastic- The Hindustan Times

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued guidelines to higher education institutions across the country to impose a ban on single-use plastic. The guidelines state that the institutions should systematically ban the use of plastic on their campuses and replace it with “environment friendly substitutes.” It also mandates that every higher education institution in the country should ban single-use plastics in canteens, hostels and Carry out awareness drives and sensitisation workshops.

Half of Indian airports are ‘single-use’ plastic free now- The Hindustan Times

Half of India’s airports have become single-use plastic free. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Tuesday declared 20 more airports as ‘single-use’ plastic free taking the total number to 55.Six private airports are also working towards it and are expected to achieve it by the end of this year. There are about 100 operational airports in the country.

Plastic ban in force in AP’s Chirala municipality limit- The New Indian Express

In order to get a better rank in the Swachh Survekshan-2020, Andhra Pradesh’s Chirala Municipal authorities have decided to ban plastic usage within the municipal limits from Friday, and appointed special monitoring teams to ensure its proper implementation. As per the records, Chirala municipality ranked fifth in the State during the cleanliness survey in 2018. However, it slipped to the 19th position in 2019. The special teams will conduct surprise checks on hotels and shops on a regular basis from Friday.

PM to get award from Bill-Melinda Gates Foundation for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan- The Indian Express

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to receive another award for one of his ambitious projects –the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan — from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation has decided to confer the prestigious award on PM Modi during his visit to the United States.

Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus wins top honours for cleanliness – The Hindu

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) has won the best Swacch Iconic Place award for 2019, topping the charts in cleanliness. The Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, under the Ministry of Jal Shakti, has declared phase I of the Swacch Icon Awards. The award will be given at a ceremony during the Swacch Mahotsav in Delhi on September 6 and will be received by the Ministry of Railways jointly with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the corporate social responsibility partner.

Chennai corporation adding colour to garbage- The Hindu

The Chennai Corporation is trying out a new experiment in recycling in South Chennai with a micro material recovery facility parked on the pavement. The micro material recovery facility is designed in such a manner that anyone would be automatically taken through six streams of recyclable waste management. Highly visual, the instructions on what goes where are easy to follow. The facility is boxy. There are compartments within the two rectangular boxes. The six compartments are meant to collect plastic, paper, leather, iron, glass and used cloth items. Part of every compartment, a wire mesh enables people to know what items have been placed inside.

Delhi’s Ghazipur landfill stands tall, swells- The Hindustan Times

The heap of waste at the Ghazipur Landfill is only getting taller The addition has taken the total mass of garbage standing at Ghazipur Landfill today from 13 million metric tonnes to 14 million metric tonnes, inspite of orders from the Lieutenant Governor, Anil Baijal, to immediately close the site after the incident. Dilraj Kaur, commissioner, East Delhi Municipal Corporation said, “Since we receive about 2,100 Metric Tonnes of mixed and un-remediable waste daily, it has to be deposited somewhere. We are looking for options.

Societies in Gurugram flout waste management rule, fined- The Times of India

The MCG has issued challans to bulk waste generators of six upscale condominiums in DLF-5 on Wednesday after they were found to be flouting solid waste management (SWM) rule, 2016. The corporation has issued challans of Rs 25,000 to these three societies. The bulk waste generators are units that produce 100kg waste per day. They are supposed to segregate and process waste as per SWM norms. The civic agency is running a drive to check bulk waste generators in the city.

Thane civic body will assist residents to set up compost pits – The Hindustan Times

After a first failed attempt to make residential societies treat their own waste, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is now giving it a second shot. It will be a much softer approach at convincing bulk generators to treat their own waste. The solid waste department has claimed they will try to understand the issues of the people and find solutions so that societies can install the system. The assistant sanitation inspector of every area will visit the residential societies and tell them of the importance of waste treatment plants.

 
INTERNATIONAL

Hawaii’s proposed council ban on single-use plastics clears obstacle

A bill that would ban a variety of single-use plastics on Oahu, from plastic utensils to Styrofoam containers, is now headed to a final vote at the City Council. Bill 40 would end the exemptions to the plastic bag ban that started in 2015, and also require businesses to stop using plastic straws, utensils and containers. Councilman Joey Manahan introduced the measure in July and says Bill 40 aligns with the state’s ambitious zero emissions goal by 2045.

California’s Solana Beach on verge of sweeping single-use plastic and polystyrene ban

Known as a regional leader in environmental sustainability efforts, the city of Solana Beach took a big step to significantly reduce the amount of single-use plastics and polystyrene in the city. Starting in November of 2020, restaurants, cafes, food trucks, grocers and any other establishments will likely be barred from selling or offering single-use straws, utensils, stirrers, splash sticks, cocktail sticks or toothpicks made of plastic.

Flexible Packaging Market Growth Pegged at 5% CAGR

The flexible packaging market is set to surpass $250 billion by 2024, according to latest industry report by Global Market Insights, Inc. Polymer is the dominating material accounting for over 70% of total industry share. Surge in demand for convenient packaging due to changing lifestyles and hectic schedules has enhanced the flexible packaging market. Shifting manufacturers preference towards flexible packaging due to low raw material usage, waste reduction and cost-effective properties. Moreover, low storage space and transportation costs will propel the industry growth.

Aldi Ireland bans use of non-detectable plastic trays

Supermarket chain Aldi Ireland has discontinued the use of black non-detectable plastic trays for packaging fruit and vegetables. According to the retailer, the decision will allow it to reduce more than 450t of non-recyclable waste every year.

Dow, Fuenix Ecogy Group partner on plastics recycling project

Dow Chemical Co., headquartered in Midland, Michigan, has signed an agreement to have Weert, the Netherlands-based Fuenix Ecogy Group supply it with pyrolysis oil feedstock made from recycled plastics. The feedstock will be used to produce new polymers at Dow’s production facilities at Terneuzen, the Netherlands.Dow says the polymers produced from this pyrolysis oil will be identical to products produced from traditional feedstocks and can be used in the same applications, including food packaging.

PureCycle, Aptar partner to produce recycled polypropylene resin

AptarGroup, a global business focused on dispensing, drug delivery and active packaging solutions based in Crystal Lake, Illinois, has announced that it has partnered with PureCycle Technologies LLC o prepare for the introduction of PureCycle’s Ultra-Pure Recycled Polypropylene (UPRP) into dispensing applications. PureCycle Technologies’ recycling process separates color, odor and other contaminants from plastic feedstock to transform it to Ultra-Pure Recycled Polypropylene (UPRP) resin with virgin-like properties.

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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