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.