WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING

29 September - 05 October, 2019  |  Volume : 174

NATIONAL

No ban on single-use plastic, govt aims to sensitise public –The Indian express

The government does not propose a blanket ban on single-use plastic on October 2 and instead prefers a phased reduction in the use of plastic products, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change C K Mishra said on Monday. He added that what the government proposes is launch of a “mass movement to sensitise the public against the use of plastic”.

PM Modi sets 2022 as deadline to eradicate single-use plastic from India- The Times of India

Addressing Swachh Bharat Diwas 2019 at the bank of River Sabarmati, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the people of India to give up single-use plastic by 2022. He said this initiative will benefit the environment, decongest roads and sewer lines, and protect biodiversity.

Plastic ban comes into force in Odisha- The Hindu

Ban on single-use plastic came into effect in all urban areas of Odisha on Wednesday on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Manufacture, sale, trade, import, storage, transportation and distribution of single-use plastics are prohibited as per a notification issued by Odisha Forest and Environment Department on September 30, an official said. The ban is imposed on polythene carry bags of any shape, thickness and size (excluding compostable), Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET/PETE) bottles of less than 200 ml capacity, he said.

Single-use plastic ban in Kolkata markets from October 2- The Times of India

Stop the Single-use plastics. .That is the message from Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) just days ahead of the ban in single-use plastic in markets across the city. Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation, too, is taking up similar measures. The ban in Kolkata coincides with a nationwide clampdown on single-use plastic that kicks off on Gandhi Jayanti.

Mumbai airport to be free from single-use plastic - The Times of India

Mumbai airport will be 100% free of single-use plastic by October 2, announced the GVK-run airport on Monday. The airport has banned all single-use plastic items including disposable cutlery made up of thermocol PET/PETE bottles (less than 200 ml), plastic bags (with/without handle), disposable dish/bowl for food packaging, straws, thermocol items and bubble wraps,'' said a Mumbai International Airport Ltd spokesperson.

Single-use plastics won't be allowed within 100 metres of monuments– The Times of India

Tourism minister Prahlad Patel on Wednesday announced that single-use plastics will not be allowed on the premises of historical monuments and within 100 metres of them. He said while addressing the media at the launch of tourism fair 'Paryatan Parv' in New Delhi.

Plastic cutlery can cost you 5-year jail, Rs 1 lakh fine in Chandigarh- The Times of India

If you are caught using plastic plates, cups, party bloopers, plastic ribbons and many other single-use plastic items in the city, you could end up spending five years in jail. The UT administration on Friday issued the final notification to ban all one-time- use plastic products after securing approval of Punjab governor-cum-UT administrator VP Singh Badnore.

Greater Noida to recycle plastic waste in road construction- The Hindustan Times

The Greater Noida authority decided Monday that it will use plastic waste in construction of city roads. The authority has been collecting plastic waste from all residential, industrial, institutional and commercial areas. Following the footsteps of the Noida authority which is using plastic waste in road resurfacing, the Greater Noida authority has also planned to recycle plastic waste for road construction.

NMRC install disposal machines for plastic bags and bottles - The Times of India

Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) will soon let passengers deposit plastic bags and bottles into disposal machines at metro stations. The metro stations will also install disposal machines or kiosks where one can put the bottles, which will then be crushed into tablets and forwarded to recycling. “This is an initiative to ensure that maximum plastic waste is recycled” said, P D Upadhyay, executive director, NMRC.

After RIL, IOC plans to establish supply chain of plastic waste- The Hindustan Times

Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), country’s largest fuel retailer, plans to establish a robust supply chain of waste single-use plastic to be recycled as road construction material. The company on Wednesday invited expression of interest (EoI) for procurement of plastic waste for implementing its various initiatives on regular basis and to develop a sustainable business model which comprises of various organised aggregator and non-governmental organization.

Meghalaya starts turning single-use plastic to road-building material- The Indian Express

The state of Meghalaya, has been building roads from Plastics waste. With its first plastic road lad in Nongstoin in West Khasi Hills in2018 now, Meghalaya’s counter against SUPs has taken off with the impetus it got after Modi’s message, and the Swachh Bharat Mission. The best part about these projects, according to Sangma, is not just the effective reuse, and the elimination of plastic from Meghalaya’s landscape but people are collecting plastic waste.

Compulsory to segregate waste in Chandigarh from Oct 11- The Hindustan Times

Come October 11, the municipal corporation (MC) will make waste segregation mandatory across Chandigarh, MC commissioner KK Yadav said on Wednesday. MC sanitary staff as well as private waste collectors had started informing residents to hand them dry and wet waste separately.“Residents have a little over a week to develop the habit, since the exercise will be compulsory from October 11. Violators will face fine in line with Municipal Solid Waste Bylaws,” Yadav said, adding that a public notice regarding this will be released in a couple of days.

Traders in Agra urged to buy back used plastic from consumers- The Hindustan Times

The Agra Nagar Nigam (ANN) has urged traders to buy back used plastic from people in order to curb use of single-use plastics in the city. Traders have also been asked to display boards at their establishments mentioning about the ‘buy-back’ scheme so that people avail it and become part of the exercise to rid Agra of plastic waste, stated members of the Plastic Packaging Manufacturers’ Association of Agra during a workshop on Thursday. The plastic waste collected by the traders would be sent to the nagar nigam’s recycling plant, said the panelists.

Adharwadi dump yard closure plan stalled by KDMC- The Hindustan Times

The closure of Adharwadi dumping ground, which had started in February 2018, has been stalled completely for now. Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) officials from the solid waste management department claim that the work can commence only after the dumping of waste at Adharwadi is diverted to another dump yard. Around 650 metric tonnes of waste is dumped at Adharwadi every day and the capacity of the dumping ground to contain waste has reached its peak, causing severe pollution in the area from the past two years.

 
INTERNATIONAL

Ghana joins GPA partnership to End Plastic Pollution

The Government of Ghana formally joined the Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP) becoming the first African nation to combine forces with this ambitious new initiative dedicated to eradicating plastic waste and pollution worldwide. The Ghana National Plastic Action Partnership (NPAP) will support the country’s public, private and civil society sectors in transitioning to a circular plastics economy, which directly addresses the root cause of plastic pollution by fundamentally reshaping the way plastics are produced, used and re-used.

Japan, U.S and EU are working on the plastic crisis

Japan plans to lead a new initiative to reduce the amount of marine plastic waste released from cooperating states, with help for the USA and the EU. With assistance from the United States of America (USA) and the European Union (EU), Japan will be proposing a plan to not only responsibly manage the existing waste, but to efficiently reduce the amount of plastics used at home and away.

Orlando's Single-Use Plastics Ban Begins

Orlando's Single-Use Plastics Ban has come into effect, the ban started on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. As such anyone doing business on Orlando-owned property must ditch plastic straws and plastic foam cups. Crhis Castro, Orlando's director of sustainability and resilience said, "We see a huge challenge with contamination in our recycling stream. One way for us to minimize the contamination of waste going into the recycling (system) is to just eliminate those products from anything that the city offers on city property."

Beverage industry could see significant losses over new packaging law

A second report released by Brand Finance has revealed that the US beverage industry is expected to experience a potential loss of $430.8bn if plain packaging legislation is extended to other sectors. The Brand Finance Plain Packaging report also stated that alcohol and sugary drinks brands are expected to be most the most vulnerable. It will also have an impact on the current business model of various alcoholic drink makers, such as Heineken, AB InBev, and Pernod Ricard, as 100% of their revenues are identified to be exposed to the legislation. The latest study has reported an increase of around $50bn to $234bn over the first study’s estimation of $186.7bn calculated in 2017.

Huhtamaki acquires packaging firm Everest Flexibles

Food and drink packaging manufacturer Huhtamaki has acquired South Africa-based flexible packaging manufacturer Everest Flexibles for an enterprise value of €58m ($63.42m). Huhtamaki will pay for 70% ownership of Everest in cash and in shares. Everest’s sellers are expected to sign a joint venture (JV) with Huhtamaki’s Foodservice and Fiber Packaging operations, which will enable them to own 30% of all Huhtamaki’s activities in the country. The deal will expand Huhtamaki’s flexible packaging manufacturing operations in South Africa and strengthens its market position.

ISRI quantifies economic might of US recycling

A recently released study estimates the U.S. recycling industry will have a nearly $110 billion economic impact this year. That’s about 6% lower than the number from two years ago. The study commissioned by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) found that the industry directly and indirectly supports nearly 532,000 jobs, over $33 billion in wages, and nearly $110 billion in total economic impacts. The analysis was provided by John Dunham and Associates, which provided the same research in 2017.

Iowa waste authority to build new MRF

Michael McCoy and board members of Metro Waste Authority address region’s recycling need with innovation and partnerships. Iowa’s Metro Waste Authority (MWA) led by executive director Michael McCoy have started a number of innovative programs, including Compost It for businesses and residents, a R&D recycling program to help construction companies get LEED credits, a cardboard only collection and recycling program, a curbside household hazardous waste pickup and most recently approving plans to build a new single-stream material recovery facility (MRF) for Central Iowa.

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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