WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING

06 - 12 October, 2019  |  Volume : 175

NATIONAL

Telangana govt decides to ban single-use plastic- The Times of India

The Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday announced that single-use plastic would be banned in Telangana. KCR made the announcement during the collectors’ conference at Pragati Bhavan. The cabinet will also take a decision on the date of implementation of total ban.

'Plastic-eating' bacteria discovered in Greater Noida wetlands- The Times of India

Researchers at Shiv Nadar University in Greater Noida have discovered two strains of 'plastic-eating’ bacteria from the wetlands of Greater Noida. The bacterial species namely Exiguobacterium sibiricum strain DR11 and Exiguobacterium undae strain DR14 were isolated from the wetlands adjoining the university.

Plastic collection drive held in Salem- The Hindu

Corporation Commissioner R.Sadheesh on Thursday inaugurated a one-day plastic collection drive at schools, colleges and public places here. Mr. Sadheesh inaugurated the programme at the Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Moongapadi. Under the Swachatta Hi Seva campaign, the Salem Corporation set up boxes at 100 places in its limits, including schools, colleges, Corporation offices and bus stands to prevent improper disposal of plastic waste.

Green route for plastic bag makers in Gujarat is a long one- The Times of India

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nationwide call to eradicate single-use plastic by 2022, there is a rush for certification for manufacturing biodegradable ‘plastic’ bags. At least 50 applications for certification from Gujarat manufacturers have reached the CIPET-run Institute of Plastic Technology, Ahmedabad — the only institution certifying material as biodegradable.

New guidelines to put recycling onus on plastic manufacturers- The Hindustan Times

The Union government is working on new guidelines for extended producer responsibility (EPR), a globally standardised plastic pollution policy under which the manufacturer is responsible for recycling or disposing of plastics, officials and industry representatives told HT. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for freeing the country of single-use plastic items by 2022. To this end, the government is pushing manufacturers to put in place evidence-based mechanisms so that authorities can track what recycling firms undertake as EPR obligations.

Putting plastic waste to use- The Hindustan Times

Experts say proper waste collection and management is at the core of ensuring more plastics get recycled instead of ending up in landfills and oceans. Scientists are now looking for ways to close the loop and create a circular economy for plastic, meaning all the plastic produced should be reused and recycled.

Swachh Bharat 2.0 will tackle plastic menace on war footing- The Hindustan Times

The Modi government will reposition its flagship sanitation programme, Swachh Bharat, to tackle the menace of plastic waste, according to a strategy document reviewed by Hindustan Times that will steer the next phase of the mission expected to run until 2029. Apart from its focus on sanitation, the Swachh Bharat mission will now be geared towards recycling and managing waste, including so-called single-use plastic.

Cement factories to increase use of waste plastic as fuel–The Times of India

The urban affairs ministry is likely to propose increasing the limit for using plastic waste as a fuel in cement factories from the current 10% to 25%. Waste plastic, particularly polythenes, has been one of the main reasons choking urban areas. The Cement Manufactures’ Association said, “This initiative also highlights the role that the Cement Industry can play in, helping overcome this menace in its plants in an environment-friendly manner.”

Work on Punjab’s Dera Bassi SWM plant, to start in December- The Hindustan Times

A decade after the municipal corporation prepared the detailed project report (DPR) for the solid waste management plant at Samgoli village in Dera Bassi, the district administration will finally take possession of the land. Deputy Commissioner (DC), Mohali, Girish Dayalan said, “We have taken the possession of 27 acre. We will take the rest of the land by month end as the Punjab government has already declared this land as surplus.”

Trial run of waste incinerator begins in Chennai- The Hindu

With the Chennai Corporation starting trial run for the first waste incinerator in the city, civic officials are keeping their fingers crossed. Using the incinerator, civic officials have started burning dry waste, including plastics, reducing them to ashes composed primarily of carbon. Clearance of the project by Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) officials next week holds the key to development of incinerators across the city for decentralised waste processing.

Beed collector slaps Rs 5,000 fine on himself for use of plastic cup –The Times of India

Beed district collector Asteek Kumar Pande imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on himself, after a journalist pointed out to the use of plastic cups in the collector’s office while offering tea. The incident took place on Monday evening, when the district administration had called a news conference at the collector’s office to give out information on the candidates who had withdrawn from the assembly election.

Waste segregation must from October 12 in Chandigarh- The Hindustan Times

The Chandigarh municipal corporation on Wednesday released a public notice making waste segregation mandatory in the city from October 12. According to the notice, MC will not be accepting mixed garbage. The defaulters are liable to pay fine, as per solid waste management bylaws. Households will have to pay Rs 200, commercial properties Rs 500 and institutional establishments Rs 2,000-10,000.Even private waste collectors will have to cough up Rs 2,000 if they fail to deliver waste in a segregated manner to the MC’s sehaj safai kendras.

 
INTERNATIONAL

California bans travel-size plastic shampoo bottles from hotels

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill this week that bans hotels from supplying such bottles in an effort to reduce the number of plastic containers being thrown away by hotels and guests. This would not impact hospitals, nursing homes, residential retirement communities, prisons, jails or homeless shelters, according to the bill. If a hotel in California doesn't comply with the ban, its owners and operators could be subject to monetary fines. The bill, set to take effect in 2023, will apply to lodging establishments with more than 50 rooms.

GreenBlue develops Recycled Material Standard

GreenBlue and its Sustainable Packaging Coalition partners are coming together with NSF International to address the need for recycled material in packaging. The global standard will help advance adoption of certified material for common packing materials, beginning with plastic, for the food, water, health sciences and consumer goods industries.

Erema receives FDA food-contact letter

Erema got the nod from the U.S. government to use its technology for recycling post-consumer HDPE into food and drink packaging. The Austrian recycling equipment provider received a letter of no objection from the FDA for the use of its INTAREMA TVEplus Regrind Pro extrusion system in combination with the ReFresher module, according to a press release. The letter allows reclaimers that are using Erema’s technology to sell recycled resin into the food and drink packaging markets.

Borealis, Ecoplast invest in recycling film plastics

Ecoplast processes plastic waste from both domestic and industrial consumers into high-quality recyclate, and now its existing production capacity has been boosted with a polyethylene (PE) film recycling line. According to a news release from Borealis, the new plant improves operational procedures and raises the output of recycled material. The new mechanical recycling system at Ecoplast employs a fully automatic process for the preparation and comminution of plastic wastes, as well as optimized washing technology and improved near-infrared (NIR) sorting steps.

J.P. Mascaro’s Total Recycle facility to recycle flexible

Pennsylvania-based J.P. Mascaro’s TotalRecycle facility is starting to recycle flexibles this fall as part of the Materials Recovery for the Future (MRFF) pilot program. Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is about two times more prevalent in packaging materials than polyethylene terephthalate (PET), according to Susan Graff, principal and vice president of global corporate sustainability at Resource Recycling Systems (RRS), Ann Arbor, Michigan. The MRFF initiative selected the TotalRecycle MRF for its pilot program.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment Committee

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