20 - 26 October, 2019  |  Volume : 177


Andhra Pradesh to gets it second CIPET – The New Indian Express

Andhra Pradesh gets it second Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology in Nellor. Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers DV Sadananda Gowda has announced setting up of second Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET) centre in the State at Naidupeta in Nellore district. He was speaking after inaugurating CIPET Centre Skilling and Technical Support (CSTS) at Surampalli village in Gannavaram of Krishna district, in the presence of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. Set up at a cost of Rs 50 crore, the institute will offer PG and diploma courses in plastic technology.

Waste removal gains pace, violators fined in Delhi – The Times of India

In the past three days, North Delhi Municipal Corporation has lifted 10,000-11,000 metric tonnes of debris from various places. Deputy Commissioner of Keshavpuram zone Ira Singhal said that in five days 114 trucks of debris were removed from various sites while South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Sunday issued 302 challans amounting to Rs 27.55 lakh. SDMC claimed that 550 tonnes of C&D waste was removed using trucks and tempos.

Bhalswa landfill catches fire- The Times of India.

Bhalswa landfill got reignited on Sunday after being dormant for several months. Varsha Joshi, commissioner of North Delhi Municipal Corporation said that team from the civic body was on the job and the fire was put off gradually.

BBMP wants to start dumping waste at Mittaganahalli- The Hindu

With dumping of mixed waste at Bellahalli quarry likely to stop by the end of this month, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has urged the State government to grant permission to allow dumping at Mittaganahalli landfill. The State government has directed the BBMP to submit a new action plan for solid waste management (SWM). Officials say over 18.99 lakh tonnes of mixed waste has been dumped at Bellahalli, and it can’t take any more.

Garbage generated in Coimbatore city increases by 200 tonnes/day- The Times of India

The Coimbatore Corporation has constituted a team to study the sudden increase in garbage generated in the city by 200 tonnes per day. In the last four to five months, Vellalore dump yard has been receiving about 1,000 to 1200 tonnes of wastes per day.

Big Bazaar penalised again for charging for carry bag- The Indian Express

Less than a week after the Consumer Forum of Chandigarh penalised Big Bazaar store for charging Rs 18 for carry bags from two customers, in three more judgments against the store, it was directed to pay Rs 34,500 to three city residents for the similar offence. Big Bazaar said that it is not selling carry bags commercially and is only reimbursing itself for a part of the price incurred by it in procuring the carry bags.

Everest garbage given new lease of life- The Hindustan Times

In homes across the Nepali capital upcycled items, from pots to lamps, crafted from Everest waste products are slowly making their way as authorities and businesses look for fresh ways to tackle the damage caused by decades of commercial mountaineering. Tonnes of trash -- including empty cans and gas canisters, bottles, plastic and discarded climbing gear -- litter the mountain, which has been dubbed the “highest dumpster in the world”.

NGT directs civic body to plug illegal waste discharge into choes- The Hindustan Times

A monitoring committee of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday directed the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) to speed up civic works to stop illegal discharge of untreated sewage into city’s Sukhna and N-choe. The quality of treated sewage that is discharged into these streams is poor because of the outdated technology used in the MC-run treatment plant.

HC imposes regulations for beach shops in Kanyakumari- The Times of India

The Kanyakumari town panchayat has been directed not to grant permission for temporary shops to be set up at the beach road in Kanyakumari from next year. The judges cited that if the shops are present on the seashore it would definitely lead to littering and indiscriminate disposal of various kinds of garbage which would more often be plastic wastes.


Philly Council committee moves plastic bag ban to final vote, but kills 15-cent fee

A bill to ban single-use bags and cut down on pollution in Philadelphia streets moved out of committee to a final vote by the full City Council on Tuesday at the cost of losing one of its parts. The original bill, introduced in June by Councilmember Mark Squilla, prohibited businesses from giving out lightweight single-use plastic bags and non-recyclable paper bags. It also allowed retailers to charge a 15-cent fee for thicker plastic and recyclable paper bags at checkout. That fee was axed by the Council Committee on Licenses and Inspections during Tuesday’s hearing.

South Kingstown Town Council pauses plan for plastic straw ban

The South Kingstown Town Council (in London, UK) is holding off, for now, on passing a town-wide ban on single-use plastic straws at restaurants and other eating establishments. Council members said they want to first see how South Kingstown’s recently-enacted prohibition on single-use plastic bags works out before committing to one regulating straws. Councilor Rory McEntee said he supports the extension, but also said it makes sense to wait six months and re-visit the proposal.

Innovia, Wildcorn develop Recyclable Pouch

Innovia Films and the German snack manufacturer, Wildcorn, have worked together to produce a fully recyclable and sustainable pack for their Wildcorn organic popcorn range. The joint project to establish a new sustainable packaging standard began soon after the launch of Innovia’s Propafilm Strata high barrier film which quickly achieved the ‘Made for Recycling’ logo from Interseroh, an independent German recycling and consulting company.

Berry Global, Digimarc promote recycling innovation

Berry Global has announced a recycling initiative, HolyGrail 2.0,that will use digital watermarking to “tag” plastic substrates or print materials (shrink sleeve, IML label, or paper label) with an identity that could include multiple attributes such as plastic type, product manufacturer, product SKU, food or non-food usage, and composition of multi-layer foils. Digimarc Barcode can be added to the printed label/sleeve artwork and/or embossed into the plastic itself.

Vishakha Polyfab adds Blown Film line

Multilayer film manufacturer Vishakha Polyfab will become the first processor in India to add Brampton Engineering’s AquaFrost water-quenched blown film technology. Vishakha Polyfab has been a longtime Brampton customer, installing India’s first seven and nine-layer barrier blown film lines. With the addition of the water-quenching system, the company will be able to improve film clarity and thermoformability, balance orientation, and increase processing versatility with fewer resins.

New Brunswick to develop EPR for packaging, printed paper

Canada’s New Brunswick province plans to develop an extended producer responsibility (EPR) program for packaging and printed paper in collaboration with Recycle NB, Fredericton, New Brunswick, and other stakeholders. “New Brunswick will benefit from the implementation of this program because it increases recycling opportunities, diverts material from landfills and puts the onus on large producers to reduce their packaging,” says Environment and Local Government Minister Jeff Carr.

Israeli firm converts household waste to plastic composite

UBQ Materials, based in Israel, has developed a process to convert municipal solid waste into a composite that is used in place of traditional plastic. The material is sold to companies manufacturing plastic boxes, shopping carts, pallets, pipes, panels and more. One of the company’s end markets was recently highlighted when UBQ provided 2,000 recycling bins made of its composite material to the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority.

Novolex brand begins using recycled PS in cutlery

Novolex brand,a U.S. manufacturer has begun producing metallized plastic cutlery with 20% recycled PS. It’s a demanding application for post-consumer material.Novolex announced the release of Reflections Renew, a collection of silver-look spoons, forks and knives with post-consumer resin (PCR). The cutlery is sold to businesses, including caterers, as well as the general public under the Tableluxe brand.

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For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment Committee

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