WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING
10 - 16 November, 2019 | Volume : 180
Goa to Ban Plastics Below 50 Microns From January 2020- The Times of India
Goa will impose a complete ban on all plastics below 50 microns from January. The state plans to ban all items sold in small quantities in plastic packaging. According to the Times of India report, environment minister Nilesh Cabral has said that among the banned items would be sachets, water, soft drinks and other drinks sold in pet bottles of volume below 500 ml. Goa plans to implement the plastic ban phase-wise as they have learned a bitter lesson from Maharashtra, which earlier said they are banning all plastic items, but later had to soften their stand.
First meeting of committee formed by NGT on waste management- The Indian Express
The first meeting of a committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal on the issue of compliance of the Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 will be held on November 19.The committee comprises nominee of vice chairman, Niti Aayog, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Jal Shakti, National Mission for Clean Ganga, Ministry of Environment and Forests, chairman of Central Pollution Control Board and CEO of Government e-Marketplace Portal.
Tirupati to have three more garbage transfer stations- The Times of India
Tirupati municipal corporation (TMC) is planning to set up three new garbage transfer stations in the temple city to provide odour-free surroundings and help in transporting waste in a more scientific and compact manner. The advanced facilities will be set up at New Balaji Colony and two other places on the outskirts of the city.
Engineering trio to convert waste plastic into paver blocks- The Times of India
Three mechanical engineers in the city of Mysuru have hit on the idea of converting waste plastic into interlocking paver blocks and furniture to be installed on footpaths and in parks. Mechanical engineers from Vidyavardhaka College together with the Central Institute of Plastics and Engineering CIPET Mysuru have developed a machine which can shred waste plastic and mix it with granite dust. The mixture can be then used to make paver blocks or furniture.
MCG makes use of plastic waste a must for paving roads in Gurugram- The Hindustan Times
Nearly a year after it constructed the city’s first-ever plastic road in Sector 51, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has now made the use of plastic waste mandatory in the construction of arterial roads. MCG chief engineer Raman Sharma said that henceforth all tenders will be floated with this clause and the concessionaires will have to procure plastic waste from MCG’s shredding centre in Begumpur Khatola.
Being sporadic, drives fail to make serious dent in plastic problem- The Times of India
From the October 2012 notification of Delhi government preventing the sale of plastic bags to multiple prohibitory orders issued by National Green Tribunal (NGT), the capital has had a chequered history regarding the ban over the past seven years. The city continues to be plagued by the problem because the anti-plastic drives are sporadic and only for awareness.
Greenpeace activists ask retailers worldwide to stop selling throwaway plastics
During this past week Greenpeace activists have taken on retailers’ worldwide calling for an end to single-use plastics on store shelves. From Colombia to Hong Kong, Canada to Switzerland and beyond retailers need to stop selling us “throwaway” plastics and invest in refill and reuse systems, because there is no “away”. This powerful message was delivered in many ways globally this week by Greenpeace activists.
Briton develops fish waste 'plastic'
A 23-year-old Briton has cooked up a compostable compound she hopes will one day replace much single-use plastic - and its main ingredient is byproducts of the fishing industry. A bioplastic made of organic fish waste that would otherwise end up in landfill – with the potential to replace plastic in food and drink packaging – has landed its UK designer a prestigious international award and £30,000 prize. Lucy Hughes, 24, a graduate in product design from the University of Sussex, scooped the James Dyson award for her biodegradable and compostable material known as MarinaTex.
Packaging film supplier Klöckner Pentaplast (kp) has launched a new range of sustainable packaging for the foodservice and takeout food sector. New lightweight packaging kp Infinity is fully recyclable and microwaveable, as well as water, acids, alkalis and hot oil-resistant. WRAP strategic engagement manager Helen Bird said: “It is great to see not only innovation from kp in the development of this range but the rigorous process they have undergone in the material selection to ensure they are doing the right thing. “If collected for recycling, this range will be effectively sorted from other plastics for onward reprocessing into new products.”
ProAmpac, Milk Makeup Win Award for Cannabis Packaging
Flexible packaging leader ProAmpac and Milk Makeup have received the 2019 Cannabis Industry Graphics Awards for the KUSH Stash Bag Set. Graphic Design USA, a magazine for graphic design professionals, hosted the recent inaugural Cannabis Industry Graphic Design Awards.
McDonald’s announces plan to cut down on packaging waste
Fast food chain McDonald’s has launched a trial programme across Europe to improve sustainability in packaging. The company said that at present 78% of packaging used globally by McDonald’s is made from fibre. As part of the ‘Better M’ scheme that aims to bring environmentally positive changes across McDonald’s sustainable packaging and recycling supply chain, the company will replace plastic McFlurry lids in every McDonald’s restaurant across Europe, The Company said this will reduce more than 1,200 tonnes of plastic waste per year.
Packaging EPR on the way in another Canadian province
Manufacturers in New Brunswick will need to pay for the end-of-life collection and processing of the packaging materials they produce. The New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government on Oct. 18 announced that printed paper and packaging will be covered by extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation. The program is being developed by the government and Recycle NB, a stewardship group that manages extended producer responsibility programs for electronics, tires, paint, oil and more. In a statement, backers of the policy said they expect the move will double printed paper and packaging diversion in the province from its current 30% to an estimated 60%.
Mixed rigids and film recycling sites to open next year
PreZero Polymer is set to launch two U.S. processing plants for hard-to-recycle plastics in 2020, bringing new outlets for lower-grade materials. Investments in the projects will total at least $90 million. PreZero Polymers will open a mixed rigids recycling facility in South Carolina and a film recycling plant in southern California. In the years after the facilities start up, PreZero anticipates expanding each so they are both processing mixed rigids and film.
For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association
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