WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING

13 - 19 October, 2019  |  Volume : 176

AIPMA AT WORK

The National Convention on Plastic Recycling and Waste Management Technologies 2019’ was organized by AIPMA on the 11th October 2019 in New Delhi at the India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road.

The event was supported by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

The program aimed at building a circular economy consisting of individuals and groups that could integrate with each other, create a rich dialogue between the government and the industry, to enable a vibrant plastic recycling industry with the idea to cull out the hurdles and challenges.

The conference featured many informative and inspiring list of guest speakers, such as Shri. P. Raghvendra Rao, Secretary, DCPC, Dr. G.S. Kapur, Chief General Manager (Chemical Technology)-R&D Centre, Indian Oil Corporation; Shri. Yadhuvendra Mathur, Special Secretary, NITI Aayog and many other well-known speakers from reputed organizations.

The event consisted of many interesting panel discussions and presentations such as Defining the Single-Use Plastic (SUP) & Impact of new Regulations of SUP on the Plastics Processing, Packaging and Recycling Industry, Sustainability in Multi-Layer Plastic Packaging - A 360 degree Perspective, PET recycling Current Practices and Future Expectations, Municipal Waste Mixed Plastic Waste Recycling to Wood Making Solution etc.

The conference was a grand success with around 250 attendees and it also gave a platform for exhibition space for many recyclers, showcasing the latest recycling technology and contributing to sustainability efforts.

 
NATIONAL

Centre widens import ban of plastic waste- The Times Of India

The Centre has further tightened the rule by bringing clarity in the import ban order which will be applicable for all kinds of plastic waste in all forms. It was necessitated as the recyclers in India had started importing plastic flakes and lumps, made from washing and cutting of plastic waste, to circumnavigate the ban rule which did not initially specify the status of different forms in as many words. The expanded ban order was issued on October 3.

Ban on plastic bottles, cups: Centre told to act in 3 months- The Hindu

The National Green Tribunal on Monday directed the Centre and other agencies to take action based on recommendations made by an expert committee which sought ban on small water bottles, pouches and cups, within three months. “The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Directorate General of Health Services, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India and other agencies concerned shall take action within three months,” the NGT said.

Drive against single-use plastic launched in Delhi - The Hindu

Minister of State for Home Affairs, G. Kishan Reddy, on Thursday administered oath to school students, teachers, morning walkers and officials of saying no to single-use plastic and also flagged off teams of New Delhi Municipal Council school students for plogging drive in Nehru Park.

KDMC appeals to traders- Hindustan Times

Civic chief Govind Bodke recently met shopkeepers and traders at Anand Bal Bhavan in Dombivli and appealed them to stop stocking or giving single-use plastic. “Shopkeepers and traders should stop giving single-use plastic to customers. Once they stop doing that, customers will also get used to it and they will stop using plastic bags,” said a KDMC official, who did not wish to be named. The civic body has distributed cloth bags among traders and shopkeepers.

Waste collection charges revised in Mohali- The Hindustan Times

The Punjab local bodies department has fixed new rates for door-to-door garbage collection in Mohali while also introducing penalties for failing to segregate waste and littering. The new rates for residential properties range between Rs 50 and Rs 200 per month, depending upon the size of plot, and have been fixed as per the Solid Waste Management Rules 2016. The Mohali municipal corporation had earlier fixed the rates between Rs 100 and Rs 150 per month, which were notified in June this year. The new user charges are also applicable on gatherings and processions in public places and range between Rs 5,000 and Rs 20,000. Charges for other properties have also been revised.

41 challans issued for not segregating waste- The Indian Express

41 challans, including one to a door-to-door waste collector, were issued in Chandigarh on Tuesday. The challans were issued in sectors 22, 20, 23, Manimajra, Ramdarbar, and Hallomarja. All the challans were issued for Rs 200 under Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016. Municipal Commissioner K K Yadav said, “The challan drive will continue. Today people were challaned for Rs 200. But in the coming days, the fine will be increased.

Get cracking on solid waste or face action, HC says to BBMP- The Deccan Herald

The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday set a one-month deadline for the BBMP to effectively manage solid waste, failing which it directed the state government to take serious action, including the dissolution of the BBMP Council. A division bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay S Oka and Justice S R Krishna Kumar said Bengaluru, once known as the 'Garden City', had turned out to be the worst place to live due to the BBMP’s apathy.

Agra Nagar Nigam to use radio frequency id tags for waste disposal- Hindustan Times

The Agra Nagar Nigam has decided to streamline solid waste management by installing radio frequency identification (RFID) tags at 99,450 houses of 51 wards and handing over 350 RFID readers to the sanitary inspectors. The house owners have to store dry and wet waste in different dustbins which would be collected from the door step for Rs 65 per month.

Common solid waste collection points mooted- The Hindu

The Department of Local Self-Governments (LSG) has recommended the setting up of common solid waste collection points under the Kochi Corporation to streamline the waste collection and disposal process. “In addition to door-to-door collection, there should be manned common collection points where people can drop off waste as they will be helpful for those who are not able to adjust with the collection timings of the corporation,” according to the recommendations.

 
INTERNATIONAL

Sidney handles plastic bags with wait-and-see approach

Sidney is joining other Greater Victoria municipalities in taking a wait-and-see approach on banning single-use plastic bags. Councillors Tuesday voted to receive a report from staff detailing local efforts to ban such bags. This decision comes after B.C.’s Court of Appeal had ruled against the City of Victoria and its bylaw banning single-use plastic bags. The Canadian Plastic Bag Association (CPBA) filed the successful appeal after it had lost a lower court ruling.

Nice-Pak International launches UK’s first recyclable packaging for wet wipes

Nice-Pak International has launched the UK’s first 100% recyclable packaging for wet wipes. The company has developed both film and resealable labels which, together, can be recycled through existing facilities for carrier bags. “The mono materials were developed following many discussions with major brand owners and retailers. They were selected to have the right moisture vapour transmission rate (MVTR) properties. Achieving film recyclability without any adverse effect on product efficacy was the ultimate aim. We are thrilled to have achieved both.

FIJI Water to produce all plastic bottles from rPET by 2025

US-based bottled water brand FIJI Water has committed to making all plastic bottles from 100% recycled plastic (rPET) by 2025.The Company has committed to the change to encourage sustainability and circular economy. The bottled water brand expects to use 20% rPET in its bottles next year. FIJI Water president Elizabeth Stephenson said: “The transition to 100% rPET is the cornerstone of our comprehensive approach to sustainability. Environmental sustainability and the preservation of nature is critical to our well-being on this planet.

Plastics-to-fuel powered ships will collect marine debris

A fleet of self-sustaining vessels will collect and process mixed plastic in the world’s waterways, a nonprofit organization announced this month. Oceans United, a California-headquartered group, announced it has received a $40 million grant for its marine plastics cleanup effort. The organization plans to design and build a fleet of ships that can each collect up to 50 tons per day of mixed plastic from the oceans. The ship, called the iCat-90 Skimmer, will then process the plastic onboard and convert it into a fuel using “hybrid hydrothermal liquefaction” technology. The resulting fuel will be used to power the ship, creating what Oceans United calls the “world’s first 100 percent self-sufficient ocean cleaning solution.” Each 50 tons of plastic will translate to 285 barrels of “high-quality, ultra-low sulfur eco-diesel.”

California governor passes measure to assist recycling centers

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a San Francisco assemblyman’s urgency measure to provide funding to bolster the shrinking presence of recycling centers in the state on Oct. 11. Assembly Bill (A.B.) 54, written by Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), allocates $5 million to implement a mobile recycling pilot program administered by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment Committee

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