Final report on banning single-use plastic soon says Union minister- The Indian Express
Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said on Thursday an expert committee formed to look into the issue of banning single-use plastics (SUPs) would submit its final report soon. He said the committee had submitted an interim report. He said the final report would be ready on September 30 or October 1 and that he would have a detailed discussion with the Environmental Ministry so that a proper plan could be evolved.
TNPPA appeals to PM Modi not to ban one-time use plastic products -- The Times of India
The Tamil Nadu Pondy Plastic Association on Wednesday appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to ban one-time use plastic products since that would affect thousands of entrepreneurs and several lakh workers.
Medical plastic garbage a lucrative business, banning it not a solution’- The Indian Express
Dr Sarah Hodges, professor in the department of history at Warwick University currently working on the global circulation of medical garbage have said that Medical plastic garbage a lucrative business in India, banning it not a solution’ Tubes, syringes, urinary bags, catheters, injections, IV bags, blood bags, which hospitals and doctors widely use are all one-time use plastics. Primary healthcare providers cannot always sterilise medical instruments, so disposable plastic proved convenient, banning it will add to problems.
Carry bags made by Tihar inmates from PET bottles- The Hindu
As a part of a bid to promote the government’s Swachh Bharat Mission, the city’s only operational Metro line has opened kiosks selling carry bags made by Tihar inmates from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. The bags are now available at select stations of Mumbai Metro 1, connecting Versova to Ghatkopar.
Fish sellers in civic markets to get ‘eco-friendly’ plastic iceboxes- The Indian Express
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will finally provide eco-friendly plastic containers. The BMC will transfer the money directly into the accounts of fish sellers under the direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme for buying plastic containers that are approved by the environment department.
1,100 metric tonne of banned plastic seized in Maharashtra- The Indian Express
8 months since the ban on single-use plastic was imposed in the state, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has taken action against 12,000 shops and establishments for violating the ban and seized 1,100 metric tonne of banned items.
Plastic Recyclothon 2.0 NGO collects, recycles it into benches, bins, pencils-- The Times of India
The next time you rest on a green bench at a civic park, you may want to thank some schoolchildren and college-goers, housing societies, bankers, citizen groups and corporates who took time out to clean Mumbai. Project Mumbai, a non-profit that follows a model of 'public private and people participation' to bring about social transition arranged Plastic recyclothon in coming days in the city.
20 Delhi markets to go plastic-free by October 2 – The Indian Express
The Tagore Garden fruit and vegetable market has been declared a single-use plastic-free, with 20 more markets set to follow suit, said SDMC spokesperson Radha Krishan. The corporation plans to implement the move at Safdarjung’s SDA market; Malviya Nagar’s main market; Vasant Vihar’s A block market; R K Puram’s Sector 8 market; Aurobindo market; and Nehru market in Rajouri Garden among others, said a senior official.
Goa government bans single use plastic in offices from October 2- The Hindustan Times
The government of Goa has banned the use of single-use plastics in government offices with the ban coming into effect on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The circular, issued by the undersecretary of administration, asks all government officers to ensure that the use of plastic water bottles, glasses, plates shall be discontinued and instead items which are eco-friendly and reusable to provide water and other items in the offices, meetings functions are to be used. The ban covers government offices, meetings and functions including canteens located in the government offices.
Plastic out, bottles from home back as Parliament goes green- The Hindustan Times
After three unsuccessful attempts, Parliament has finally stopped the use of packaged drinking water bottles and other disposable plastic items on its premises. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla’s action against single-use plastic has earned praise from a large number of MPs, but sceptics still wonder how sustainable the ban will prove to be. According to two senior officials involved in the purchase of water bottles that were widely used in the Parliament complex, an average of 2,000 bottles of Rail Neer, a product of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, were bought daily.