WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING

22 - 28 September, 2019  |  Volume : 173

NATIONAL

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.

MCC to draft additional pourakarmikas- The Hindu

The Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) will outsource 330 pourakarmikas and automatic sweeping machines during the 10-day Dasara festival to cope with additional work arising out of an increase in waste generation at various venues. This is in addition to nearly 2.400 pourakarmikas already employed by the MCC.

 
INTERNATIONAL

Nova Scotia to ban single-use plastic bags

The Nova Scotia government is moving to ban single-use plastic bags. Environment Minister Gordon Wilson introduced legislation on the opening day of the fall session of the provincial legislature that would implement a ban in a year's time. The delay will allow retailers and consumers time to adjust. "It's going to change the way that we go to grocery stores; it's going to have people thinking differently about plastics," Wilson said at Province House after the bill was introduced. "So I'm very excited about this as an opportunity for us to move forward.

Brands asked to pay premium for using new plastic

Andrew Forrest, a mining magnate turned philanthropist who is one of the 10 richest people in Australia, is setting up a $300m (£240m) initiative to encourage the collection and recycling of plastic waste, through his Minderoo Foundation. The initiative titled Sea The Future will target big companies that use plastic in their packaging, asking them for voluntary contributions that will raise money for recycling projects.

British Plastics Federation launches sustainable packaging design tool

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has launched PackScore, a sustainable plastic packaging design tool. The PackScore tool is designed for brands, designers and retailers to use at the earliest stages of packaging design to evaluate if it could be easily recycled, and to modify its features if not. PackScore was originally produced by US plastic packaging and protective solutions company Berry International and was developed by the BPF. The BPF said PackScore is committed to help designers produce products that are more sustainable.

Asda UK to launch ready meal range in recyclable trays

UK supermarket chain Asda has committed to replacing the packaging of its branded ready meal range with a fully recyclable tray Evolve by Faerch. The new trays are made from a natural crystalline polyethene terephthalate (cPET) plastic. The move will convert 775t of plastic and 45 million ready meal trays from non-recyclable to recyclable material. The ready meal range packaged in new trays will become available nationwide in November this year. The move is in line with the company’s ongoing commitment to ‘use less and recycle more’.

94% of SC Johnson plastic packaging is now recyclable

US-based consumer packaged goods (CPG) company SC Johnson has announced that 94% of its plastic packaging is recyclable, reusable or compostable. SC Johnson revealed the achievement in its new sustainability report. According to the report, the company is very likely to meet its 2025 commitments to reduce plastic waste and boost recycling. The CPG manufacturer has also eliminated more than 1.7 million kilograms of plastic from primary packaging during the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The company also uses 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) bottles for several product lines.

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.

Foam Recycling Coalition awards grant to Michigan communities

The Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority (SOCRRA), Troy, Michigan, has received a $50,000 grant from the Foam Recycling Coalition, Falls Church, Virginia, to add a foam densifier to its current materials recovery processing system. Consisting of 12 municipalities serving a population of about 283,000, SOCRRA operates a material recovery facility (MRF), transfer station and recycling drop-off center that collects multiple materials, including polystyrene (PS). SOCRRA is one of only three foam polystyrene drop-off locations in the greater Detroit area. Since accepting foam PS, it has seen the amount of foam recycled increase by nearly 25 percent per year at the drop-off center.

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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