WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING

15 - 21 September, 2019  |  Volume : 172

NATIONAL

Govt to implement single-use plastic ban in several phases- The Hindustan Times

The Modi government’s decision to eliminate disposable, single-use plastic is likely to be carried out over several phases, with officials ruling out an outright ban, an official familiar with the matter said. Currently, consultations are underway with plastic industry, while technical inputs have also been sought from environmental experts and economists.

CII seeks exemption on multiple items, and asks what exactly is SUP- The Financial Express

An industry body has sought exemption of several plastic products from the proposed list of items soon to be banned under single-use plastics and has also asked for clarification on what does SUP entail. CII has said that the upcoming banned item list should exclude various products such as those used in packaging as it is integral to the packaging and manufacturing process, as there are no alternatives. The industry body has also asked for exemption of sachets as the same will hamper day to day consumption of common man as many FMCG companies deploy sachet packaging for items such as shampoo etc.

Single-use plastic likely to be banned in New Delhi the Hindustan Times

Delhi government is planning to ban some single-use plastic items in the national capital, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched for India doing away with single-use plastic. While there’s no official definition of ‘single-use plastic’, it largely refers to plastic bags, cups, water bottles, wrappers, sachets and straws that are said to be contributing significantly to the pollution of rivers and soil. “We are working on a plan to ban some of the single-use plastic items. Some states have already done it and have come up with notifications. We are going through them to find out which are the items that could be banned in Delhi,” said a senior official of the Delhi environment department.

Centre asks States to Curb manufacture of SUP- The Times of India

The Centre has issued an advisory to states and Union Territories asking them to curb production of plastic bags plastic cutlery and cutlery made of thermocol before October 2. This is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to eliminate single-use plastic . The Centre’s advisory has urged all institutions to promote and practise source segregation on the office premises.

Plastic water bottles will stay till substitute found says Ram Vilas Paswan- The Economic Times

The government will not ban use of plastic bottles for water unless there is a practical and affordable alternative available, said food and consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan. A large number of jobs are associated with this industry. We can't disrupt it like this. The ban will come into effect only when we have a proper alternative and something to compensate the loss of jobs," Paswan told ET.

Manufacturers, traders, workers hold protest in Ahmedabad- The Indian Express

Over 400 manufacturers, traders and re-processors associated with the plastic industry held a protest rally in Ahmedabad on Thursday against the ban on single-use plastics, claiming that a blanket ban will affect the livelihood of around one lakh people associated with the industry. The plastic industry traders and manufacturers demanded a withdrawal of the ban on plastic bags that are above 50 microns, claiming that they are 100% recyclable.

Himachal govt approves policy to buyback plastic- The Times of India

In an effort to make the state litter-free, the Himachal cabinet on Tuesday approved a draft policy to buyback non-recyclable plastic waste, an official spokesperson said. Plastic would be purchased at a minimum support price of Rs 75 kg by urban local bodies (ULBs) in the state, additional chief secretary (Environment Sciences) and HP State Pollution Control Board chairman RD DDhiman said. Purchasing centres in all 54 ULBs of the state would soon be opened, he added.

Sanitary workers to set example for public by managing waste at home- The Times of India

Sanitary workers in Coimbatore were urged to follow the solid waste management methods at their houses and spread awareness about the same to the public at a workshop organized by the commissionerate of municipal administration (CMA) in the city. About 70 sanitary workers with the city corporation and Mettupalayam municipality participated in the event.

Union minister urges IIT-Madras to develop substitute for SUP – The Times of India

Union minister of state for heavy industries and public enterprises Arjun Ram Meghwal urged IIT Madras to invent an alternative to single-use plastic in order to protect the environment. Speaking at a two-day technology conclave at IIT-Madras he said, “If a substitute is available, then public can use it easily in their daily life.”

Bihar to use plastic waste for constructing rural roads- The Indian Express

The Bihar government has now decided to use plastic waste for the construction of roads in rural areas.Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who conducted a review meeting of the Rural Works Department has asked officials to maximise the use of plastic waste in the construction of rural roads, and at the same time ensure that the quality of roads is not affected.

Katraj dairy to set up plastic recycling unit in Pune- The Hindustan Times

Katraj dairy has decided to start a plastic recycling plant in order to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the city and has approached the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) seeking necessary permissions.Vishnu Hingane, chairman, Katraj dairy, said, “We have decided to start a plastic recycling plant to cut down on the amount of plastic waste generated in the city. The unit will have a capacity of recycling 2,00,000 plastic milk packets on a daily basis. We have approached the PMC for land and other necessary permissions.”

Faridabad to get 30-acre landfill-The Hindustan Times

Haryana government has instructed the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad (MCF) to allot 30 acres of land near Pali village for establishing an alternative dumping site to Gurugram’s Bandhwari landfill. According to an internal correspondence accessed by HT, the new dumping site has been proposed as a “temporary land usage until the land is reclaimed at the present site (Bandhwari)”. The move follows NGT’s order asking govt to remove 25 lakh tonnes of legacy waste at Bandhwari landfill within six months

12 per cent more solid waste segregated this year says BMC- The Indian Express

Segregation of solid waste saw more than 12 per cent increase in Mumbai compared to last year, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) annual Environment Status Report (ESR) for 2018-19, has revealed.. According to the report a total of 7,200 to 7,700 metric tonnes of waste is generated in the city per day. The segregation of waste, the report says, has gone up to 82.98 per cent, from the 65 per cent recorded the previous year.

Churchgate-Virar tracks throw up 16k kg garbage- The Times of India

The Western Railway removed around 16,000 kg of garbage – most of which was plastic waste – from the tracks between Churchgate and Virar yesterday. Thirty thousand people, including railway workers, activists and students, attended the cleanliness drive and collected five truckloads of filth.

North Delhi Municipal Corporation to use plastic waste for colony road- The Times of India

The capital’s plastic waste may soon be made useful with North Delhi Municipal Corporation planning to utilise it in laying and repairing colony roads. The north corporation is planning to use the he processed material from recycled plastic as an additive in building material used for repairing roads and making tiles.

Rs 34 crore to be spent on clearing mountain of waste at Chandigarh dump- The Indian Express

A huge pile of trash at Chandigarh’s sole dumping ground will soon be cleared at a cost of a whopping Rs 34 crore. The work was allotted Wednesday by the board of directors of Chandigarh Smart City Limited. With this, residents will be able to get rid of 5 lakh metric tonnes of garbage that has accumulated at Dadumajra.

Project to cut waste burden on Ghazipur landfill begins- The Hindustan Times

The project to diminish the three gigantic landfills in Delhi by employing scientific techniques began at Ghazipur landfill on Thursday with a trommel (a massive cylindrical sieve) being set up at the mountain of waste in east Delhi.Officials from the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) said they have engaged a company which will biomine and bioremediate the garbage — basically first segregating the different components of the waste and then adding enzymes to the organic waste to speed up its decomposition.

 
INTERNATIONAL

EU organises record number of cleaning actions worldwide

On beaches across Europe and the world, EU staff are joining hands with local communities to clean up marine litter as part of the #EUBeachCleanUp campaign. Launched on 19 August, this year's campaign will run through October, culminating on Saturday 21 September, the International Coastal CleanUp Day, with actions taking place in over 80 countries, on all inhabited continents.

PCR bottle mandate approved in California

Assembly Bill 792 cleared the California State Assembly on a 60-12 vote on Friday, which was the final day for lawmakers to pass bills before the session closed. Under the bill, plastic bottles that are covered under the state’s container redemption program will be subject to phased-in recycled plastic mandates. Manufacturers’ usage will be evaluated across the company’s entire product line sold in California, meaning not all of a company’s containers will need to include recycled plastic as long as the overall percentage meets the mandate.

Dropps and Oceana partner to reduce plastic pollution

Cleaning products manufacturer Dropps has partnered with US-based ocean conservation organization Oceana in an effort to address the plastic pollution issue at the source. The partnership will focus on reducing single-use plastics and encouraging companies to provide plastic-free alternatives to its products and packaging. The partners also aim to educate people on their ability to urge companies to offer more sustainable products.

PepsiCo to reduce virgin plastic across beverage portfolio by 35%

PepsiCo has pledged to decrease the use of virgin plastic in all of its beverage products packaging by 35%.The company will implement the changes by 2025.The beverage supplier said that the new target will result in the removal of 2.5 million metric tonnes of virgin plastic waste. PepsiCo plans to increase the use of alternative and recycled packaging for LIFEWTR, Bubbly, Aquafina and other beverage brands.

SAP to create supplier marketplace for recycled plastics

Enterprise application software provider SAP is developing a new global marketplace for suppliers of recycled plastics and plastic alternatives. This initiative indicates the entry of the company’s Plastics Cloud pilot programme to the next phase. The new marketplace will be powered by SAP Ariba solutions. The programme collected existing and live data from across the UK plastics supply chain under the first phase in order to explore new ideas to reduce waste. SAP has also partnered with global brands such as Procter & Gamble, The Coca-Cola Company and Nestle.

Innovation Study Forecasts Growth for Food and Beverage Packaging

Sales of food and beverage containers are forecast to increase 3.1% per year to $70 billion in 2023.As consumer preferences and priorities evolve, both packaging and food and beverage companies look for ways to innovate, so their packaged goods will not only meet the needs of consumers, but also stand out on store shelves. Furthermore, a growing share, particularly younger consumers, is willing to pay extra for more sustainable packaging. A variety of opportunities exist for companies that consider the entire life cycle of packaging and packaged food products.

WinCup introduces biodegradable line of straws and stirrers

Disposable foodservice ware producer WinCup has introduced a new line of straws and stirrers in order to meet the customer demand for environmentally friendly disposable products. The company used Danimer Scientific’s Nodax polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) to produce the line, called phade. The move makes the company the first in the US to use the material for commercially sellable straws’ production. WinCup will introduce the new straws to customers later this year. Through the WinCup environmental platform, the company plans to offer reusable products such as corrugated packing cases, super-sacks for expanded polystyrene (EPS) beads, wooden pallets and packing dunnage, including plastic / paper wraps.

The Tarheel State launches outreach effort

The state of North Carolina and nearly 200 local governments have launched a 10-week recycling education campaign. Called “Recycle Right NC,” the campaign is spearheaded by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and seeks to educate residents on which items are recyclable and which should be placed in the trash.“The goal is to recover more valuable materials like cans, bottles, paper and cardboard while reducing the amount of non-recyclables in the recycling bin to maximize economic and environmental benefits to the state.

Pennsylvania DEP conducts statewide waste, recycling study

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is conducting a statewide waste and recycling composition study with a goal to create a targeted recycling program, optimize collections and provide guidance and assistance to local municipalities, haulers and material recovery facilities (MRFs).

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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