WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING
28 October - 02 November, 2019 | Volume : 178
AIPMA AT WORK
A meeting was convened by Smt. Nidhi Khare, Joint Secretary, MoEF&CC on the 25th October, 2019, at Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, New Delhi.
Representatives of various organizations like AIPMA, CPCB, MoHUA, CII, EPCA, AARC etc. were invited for the meeting.
Mr. Hiten Bheda, Chairman-Environment Committee and Mr. Deepak Ballani, Director General has represented AIPMA, Ms. Tanya Khanna, Executive- Plastic Environment and Image Building from AIPMA also attended the meeting.
The Agenda of the meeting was to invite suggestions, recommendations & promote discussion on EPR that could be given due consideration while coming up with the National Framework on EPR.
Mr. Hiten Bheda and Mr. Deepak Ballani put forward their set of suggestions and recommendations and also submitted a copy of the same for further consideration.
Proposal to empanel CIPET to train overseas students- The Times of India
The Ministry of External Affairs is planning to empanel a premier plastic in the list of institutions where overseas students are trained under a diplomatic programme of the government, Union Minister V Muraleedharan said here on Thursday. The MEA has received a proposal from the Ministry of Fertilizers and Chemicals to empanel Central Institute of Plastics and Engineering and Technology (CIPET) in the list of institutes providing training to the overseas students under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation, ITEC scheme, the Minister of State for External Affairs said.
Caterer fined Rs 40,000 for supplied food in plastic at civic office- The Times of India
BMC's G-North ward office in Dadar penalised a caterer who supplied food in plastic cutlery during a Diwali gathering at the civic office. Sources said a penalty of Rs 40,000 was levied on the caterer and the store from where it was procured. The ward office also took action against vendors at the flower market and seized 80kg of plastic, apart from recovering Rs10,000 as fines.
8,000 block level plastic waste management units on anvil- The Economic Times
The central government’s ongoing campaign against single use plastic is set to initiate a series of measures to check the menace over the next few years. A committee of experts will soon be put in place for the same, and one of the first key measures planned is to collect plastic waste at the block level, the official said. Every village will be asked to start waste segregation and send its plastic waste to the block level plastic waste management unit.
Gurugram-Faridabad generates 1/4th of Haryana’s solid waste- The Hindustan Times
At 1,236 tonnes per day (TPD), Gurugram and Faridabad together produce the largest quantity of solid waste in the state, according to the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB). This is twice as much as the Ambala-Karnal cluster, which generates about 605 TPD, and almost thrice as much as the Sonepat-Panipat cluster, which generates about 435 TPD. There are 12 other clusters, of which Rohtak generates 425 TPD, while the remaining clusters each generate less than 300 TPD of waste.
6,000 kg plastic waste for road works- The Times of India
The regional office of NHAI, Thiruvananthapuram is planning to utilize around 8,000kg of shredded plastic, of which 6,000 kg will be used for the works of service roads of Kazhakkoottam–Karode national highway stretch. NHAI decided to use shredded plastic for the works as per ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign of the ministry of road transport and highways (MORTH) for effective management of plastic waste.
GHMC partners with UNDP on Plastic Waste Management- The Hindu
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation GHMC has partnered with UNDP for Plastics waste management in GHMC limit. As per the pact, the UNDP will invest for balers, Incinerators and establish a Swacchta Kendra at Yousufguda and Lower Tank Bund Transfer Stations and provide other required plastic waste management infrastructure in DRCCs, fund for street vendor kiosks and assist GHMC on plastic waste management.
Dutch NGO invents a plastic river scooper
Ocean Cleanup, an NGO that focused its efforts in clearing the world of plastic, has unveiled a solar-powered barge that stops plastics floating in rivers from reaching open water.“The Interceptor” is an autonomous system capable of extracting 50,000 kg of trash every day, and 100,000 kg under optimized conditions. Anchored to the riverbed, the vessel uses floating barriers to channel plastic to itself. A conveyor belt then separates the garbage from the water which is then dumped into containers on a separate barge.It can operate 24/7 and is powered by lithium-ion batteries.
Single-use plastic bag ban in Victoria comes into effect
Retailers who hand out single-use plastic bags could be fined $49,500 under strict new laws that come into effect from November 1. The state-wide ban in Victoria, effective from Friday, applies to all retailers including supermarkets, clothes stores, restaurants and convenience stores. The ban applies to lightweight plastic bags with a thickness of 35 microns or less on any part of the bag, including biodegradable ones. Lightweight plastic bags for unpackaged food such as fruit, meat or fish do not apply to the ban. But retailers cannot use those bags as substitutes for single-use ones. The Victorian ban was first announced in 2018 to give businesses time to clear out stock.
SIG launches new shaped carton pack combistyle
Aseptic packaging solution provider SIG has launched carton pack combistyle to meet the changing needs of the customers. Designed to guarantee on-shelf differentiation, combistyle features a new shaped corner that offers a safe grip with more functionality and convenience. SIG global product manager Heike Klein said: “Combistyle offers our customers a future packaging concept that will instantly intrigue busy shoppers to find out more. “The shaped corner not only stands out on the shelf but also offers exciting branding opportunities to effectively communicate your brand image and key messages.”
Woolworths to introduce zero-waste reusable packaging in Australia
Australian retail company Woolworths has announced plans to introduce a zero-waste reusable packaging solution Loop in the country. Developed by US recycling company TerraCycle, Loop is a circular e-commerce platform. Woolworths has signed the partnership agreement with the aim of finding a solution for difficult-to-recycle packaging and products. According to the agreement, consumers in Australia will receive products from their favourite brands in reusable glass or metal containers, starting from the middle of 2021. The products will be delivered in a specially designed tote. The packaging of the used products will be collected and then cleaned, refilled and reused.
Recycled plastic milk bottles to repave roads in South Africa
Plastic milk bottles are being recycled to make roads in South Africa, with the hope of helping the country tackle its waste problem and improve the quality of its roads. Shisalanga Construction became the first company in South Africa to lay a section of road that's partly plastic, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province on the east coast.It has now repaved more than 400 meters of the road in Cliffdale, on the outskirts of Durban, using asphalt made with the equivalent of almost 40,000 recycled two-liter plastic milk bottles.
Beverage giants pledge $100M to support bottle recycling
Coca-Cola, Keurig Dr Pepper and PepsiCo pledged to put their money behind boosting processing technology and increasing curbside collection access. They’ll also introduce a uniform recycling message on their bottles next year. The beverage giants on Oct. 29 announced “Every Bottle Back,” a series of initiatives related to capturing more discarded plastic bottles and improving the recycling system. The project is facilitated through the American Beverage Association (ABA)
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