WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING

17 - 23 November, 2019  |  Volume : 181

NATIONAL

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.

 
INTERNATIONAL

Trump administration launches project to keep plastic waste out of oceans

The Energy Department is launching a program to partner with the private sector in developing technologies to recycle plastic and keep waste out of rivers, oceans, and landfills. Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced the "Plastics Innovation Challenge” as one of his final initiatives before leaving his post on December 1, 2019 having resigned amid the House impeachment investigation focused on Ukraine.

UK’s Liberal Democrats pledge to ban non recyclable SUP within 3 years

The Liberal Democrats have announced that they will implement a ban on all non-recyclable single-use plastics, aiming for complete elimination within three years, at the party’s manifesto launch yesterday (20 November). The party’s manifesto for the coming general election, entitled ‘Stop Brexit, build a brighter future’, also outlines plans to introduce a 70 per cent statutory recycling target in England, end plastic waste exports by 2030 and extend separate food waste collections to at least 90 per cent of homes by 2024.

Massachusetts Senate takes up bill to ban plastic bags statewide

Customers could be forced to pay for paper bags at check out counters across the state now that the Senate released a bill to ban plastic bags. The state Senate this week is scheduled to debate a bill banning single-use plastic bags “While Massachusetts may not be able to tackle the proliferation of plastics worldwide, we can take concrete action at home,” Senate President Karen Spilka said. “Implementing a statewide ban on plastic bags, and encouraging the use of reusable bags, is an important first step.” The bill requires retailers to charge at least 10 cents for a recycled paper bag at check out and designates five cents from each sale to go to the city or town for the cost of enforcing the ban and other recycling efforts. The remainder can be used to supplement the costs of providing paper bags for retailers.

Colgate-Palmolive launches toothpaste tube made of recycled plastics

American home and personal care products manufacturer Colgate-Palmolive has launched the first toothpaste tube made from recycled plastics. The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) approved the tube and Colgate has filed patent applications in the US and globally. The brand will begin the switch to recycled tubes in Europe and North America next year. Colgate selected high-density polyethene (HDPE) plastic for the recyclable tube. The company will share the technology with competitors in a move to transform tube packaging. It will contribute to its values, commitment and sustainability goals.

Tetra Pak first to use fully traceable polymer sugarcane packaging

Multinational food and beverage packaging company Tetra Pak, in collaboration with plant-based polymer supplier Braskem, has become the first company in the food and drink sector to offer packaging made from responsibly-sourced plant-based polymers, using the Bonsucro standards for sustainable sugar cane. Tetra Pak said that this move is another reinforcement of its pledge to push ethical and responsible business practices across global supply chains, while reducing the carbon footprint of its packaging.

Viridor agrees to provide recycled plastics to Unilever

UK-based recycling and waste management company Viridor has agreed to supply its recycled plastics to consumer goods company Unilever. According to a five-year contract, Unilever will receive recycled plastic from Viridor’s Avonmouth Resource Recovery Centre. The centre near Bristol will be powered by energy generated from its energy recovery facility in Avonmouth. The UK’s multi-polymer plastics recycling plant will produce 60KTPA of high quality recycled plastic from 81KTPA feedstock a year. It will increase production to 63KTPA of recycled material 89KTPA in three years.

Coca-Cola Amatil, Veolia partner to recycle PET

Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd., New South Wales, Australia, has entered into an agreement with Veolia Australia and New Zealand to explore opportunities for a recycled plastic processing plant in Australia. The potential recycling plant would focus on recycling polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic, Coca-Cola Amatil reports in a news release on the agreement. Both Coca-Cola Amatil and Veolia have established a joint project team to consider a potential plant’s economic feasibility, size, scale and location, end-to-end requirements and potential integration into each company’s value chains.

Shell produces high-end chemicals from plastic waste

Royal Dutch Shell has used liquid feedstock made from plastic waste to produce high-end chemicals.The chemicals serve as raw materials and are used to make everyday products such as furniture, medical equipment, clothes and refrigerators, computers and smartphones, vehicle parts and tyres, packaging, shampoos and fertilisers. The company received a cargo of pyrolysis liquid from Atlanta-based Nexus Fuels. The liquid feedstock was used to make chemicals at Shell’s chemical plant in Norco, Louisiana, US. Pyrolysis technique is used for converting hard-to-recycle plastic waste.

Revamped pre-wash system drives efficiency for reclaimer

Clear Path Recycling has installed a new wash trommel to remove contamination, including sleeve labels, from PET bottles. A $1 million-plus equipment investment is helping the North Carolina-based Clear Path Recycling boost PET throughput while using less water and energy. Clear Path Recycling installed the new pre-wash equipment to help the facility produce clean flake more efficiently. Clear Path is a joint venture between Shaw Industries Group, one of the world’s largest carpet manufacturers, and DAK Americas, one of the world’s largest integrated PET producers and the main producer of polyester staple fibers in the Western Hemisphere. The PET flakes produced by the facility are used by Shaw to produce carpet fiber.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment Committee

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