Kerala bans single-use plastic from January– The Times of India
There will be a total ban on single-use plastic items in the state from January 1, 2020. A cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan took the decision in view of the ecological impact and health hazards posed by the mounting plastic waste. The ban will be applicable on production, sale and storage of these items. The government has also decided to impose a fine of Rs 10,000 on manufacturers, wholesale or retail dealers defying the ban.
Plastic exports likely to remain flat in FY20 due to economic slowdown- The Business Standard
The plastics exports are likely to remain flat this year following the global economic downturn and a decline in raw material prices, however, the government has set a target to triple exports to USD 1 trillion in five years, exporters body PLEXCONCIL. The main reason for the slowdown in exports is the economic downturn in the export markets and a decline in raw materials prices.
Lack of investor interest a challenge for Odisha’s Plastic park project- The Indian Express
The Odisha government claims it will have the first fully operational plastic park in the country, but concedes that it is struggling to find investors to set up units inside the facility. According to people familiar with the details of the project, the problem is “lack of entrepreneur awareness” that is threatening to derail the state government’s assumption that non-financial incentives to boost manufacturing are probably more advantageous for potential investors than financial incentives like tax exemptions.
Hyderabad Legislative Assembly premises to go plastic-free- The Hindu
The Legislative Assembly premises would soon become a plastic-free zone. Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy said steps would forthwith be initiated to curb the use of plastic on the Assembly premises. Plastic goods would be replaced by earthenware as part of the efforts to make the Assembly premises environment-friendly. The Speaker chaired the first meeting of the Assembly committee on environment and wildlife protection here on Monday.
Plastic free campaign in Mulugu catches up- The Indian Express
C Narayana Reddy, the District Collector of Mulugu in Telangana has initiated a campaign to make the district free of single-use plastic. Since early October, the district has collected nearly 50,000 kg of plastic and seized over 600 kg of single-use plastic (SUP) through a network of collection points in 174 Gram Panchayats. The plastic is then sent for recycling.
Tirupati Lord Venkateswara goes plastic-free- The Times of India
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), the trust that manages Tirupati Lord Venkateswara temple, has joined hands with Aditya Birla group company Hindalco and Jute Corporation of India to roll out a pilot project on distributing prasadam n 100% recyclable aluminium foil laminated jute bags adopting new eco-friendly packaging practices for its famed laddoo prasadam to devotees On an average, about 3.5-4 lakh laddoos are sold at the temple.
Anti-plastic drive begins in Sakhali- The Times of India
The Sakhali Municipal Council (SMC) is conducting searches on shopkeepers and vendors selling and possessing plastic carry bags. It is also imposing fines on defaulters. chief officer Pravinjay Pandit said The SMC had set October 2 deadline for stopping use of plastic bags The council gave shopkeepers and vendors sufficient time to exhaust their stocks.
Four cities selected for the PWM Centre project –The Indian Express
Surat city, the economical capital of Gujarat, will soon get a Plastic Waste Management Centre, funded by the Central government. The city has been selected for the project along with Patna, Bengaluru and Varanasi. The Central government will fund Rs 6 crore each to the four cities to develop Plastic Waste Management Centres. A two-member team from the Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology (CIPET) visited Surat on Tuesday and checked the status of disposal and recycling of plastic waste by the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC).
Madurai railway junction gets its second waste shredding machine- The Hindu
The second waste shredding machine, a contraption that helps in recycling used plastic bottles, was inaugurated at Madurai railway junction on Tuesday. The machine, which was set up by W2W Enterprise, an organisation looking to create a sustainable future for the city, will be able to hold 3,000 bottles, according to its founder A. Dhanalakshmi. The bottles would be cleared and given to plastic manufacturers. Apart from such a facility in Madurai, W2W has tied up with Tirunelveli, Dindigul and Coimbatore Corporations and has set up 12 such units across Tamil Nadu.
Mysuru plans to recycle plastic waste into pellets for use in road works- The Hindu
If everything goes as planned, more roads in Mysuru are to be laid using plastic granules produced from plastic waste.Despite the ban on single-use plastic, Mysuru city produces around 200 tonnes of plastic waste daily. Some portion of it goes for recycling and the large share of it remains unutilised or taken by vendors who deal in such wastes. Already burdened with the growing volume of solid wastes, the Mysuru City Corporation is looking for alternatives and is exploring various options, including turning plastic waste into pellets for using it suitably with bitumen in laying roads, filling potholes and repairs.
Students in Goa build Bus Shelter out of plastic bottles – The Times of India
Group of students from Canacona’s Satyavati Soiru higher secondary school have built from scratch a bus shelter out of discarded plastic bottles near their school in Dapot-Mashem. As science students, they deciding to also make a dent in the plastic pollution menace plaguing the state. Their shelter consists of drinking water and soft-drink bottles that were littering their villages.
It’s time to divide & throw: Solid waste management efforts failing- The Times of India
Solid waste management strategy was failing across the city, said experts on Saturday. Citing the handling of waste at the Jawaharnagar dump yard and the failure of the two-bin concept, they said a lot must be done to deal with the situation and greater monitoring was needed across the city. The experts were speaking at the Pure Earth Environment Conference 2019 in Secunderabad.
Need cheaper scientific measures to deal with solid waste- The Hindustan Times
Effective solid waste management is a transnational challenge and requires cheaper scientific solutions to stop landfill site creation.Chief justice of Himachal Pradesh high court, Lingappa Narayana Swamy, said this during the Global Law Conference at Chandigarh University on Sunday.While speaking on municipal solid waste during one of the technical sessions Swamy said, “Municipal corporations in cities cannot just act as agencies, which transport waste material from urban areas to rural areas. We need to deal with waste scientifically.”
Lok Sabha to discuss air pollution and climate change- The Hindu
The Lok Sabha will discuss air pollution and climate change today as a part of a discussion under rule 193, a rule that does not allow voting after the discussion. The discussion will be under a rule that does not allow voting.
Gurgaon Dumpyards cleared, but some still ‘GRAP’pling with garbage- The Times of India
Following the directions by the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG), some of the city's secondary waste collection points, were cleared in the last two days, while garbage was cleared from three points, waste was still lying at Udyog Vihar Phase I waste collection point Activists feel that regular composting is required to curb illegal waste dumping.