WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING

24 - 30 November, 2019  |  Volume : 182

NATIONAL

Govt grants six month extension to plastic scrap imports in three SEZs- The Business Standard

The government has granted six months extension to listed recycling units in three special economic zones (SEZs) to import such materials. Domestic recycling units across the country face ban on import of plastic wastes following environmental concerns. The Board of Approval for SEZs under the chairmanship of Anup Wadhawan, Secretary, Department of Commerce and with members from all leading departments involved in the monitoring of imports, met two weeks ago and decided to extend the letter of agreement (LoAs) for the three SEZs units for six months till May 31, 2020. The LoAs were scheduled to expire on November 30, 2019.

TAAPMA urges for better PWM- The Times of India

President of the Telangana and Andhra Plastic Manufacturers and Andhra Plastic Manufacturers Association (TAAPMA), Vimalesh Gupta, on Thursday called for a better plastic waste management plan rather than a blanket ban to address environmental concerns arising from the use of plastic. Speaking at an event ‘Plastic Waste – Environmental Issues and Challenges’ he said that plastics, which are indispensable and irreplaceable and demonized. Even single-use plastic remains essential,” he said.

Kerala Milk federation to collect used milk sachets - The Hindu

As part of the efforts to cut down plastic waste, the Kerala Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (Milma), with the help of Clean Kerala Company Ltd. (CKCL), will start the recovery of used milk sachets from December. The initiative will be launched in Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, Kottayam, and Kannur districts in December. It will be extended to the other districts in January 2020, Milma chairman P.A. Balan said.

NGT pulls up CMC for mess in garbage processing plant at Dadumajra- The Indian Express

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday pulled up the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation and held it responsible for the mess in the garbage processing plant at Dadumajra. Also, the tribunal ordered the completion of the legacy mining work at the dumping ground at the earliest.

Ministry preparing National Environmental Plan-The Hindustan Times

The Union environment ministry is preparing a National Environmental Plan, which will be ready by January 2020, and will address issues related to waste management and pollution. “We are coming up with two national plans. While one is the National Action Plan for Climate Change, the other is the National Environmental Plan (NEP). NEP will focus more on solid waste management — plastic and biomedical waste among others. Districts in all states have been asked to come up with district environmental plans. We have already received plans from 102 districts,” said CK Mishra, Union environment secretary.

GPS being installed in 179 vehicles of Erode Corporation- The Hindu

The Erode Corporation has begun installing Global Positioning System (GPS) in the 179 vehicles involved in solid waste management to effectively monitor their movement. GPs are empowered to establish a site for the scientific disposal of solid waste generated within their jurisdictions.

Two years needed to treat Sonsoddo waste-The Times of India

The Minister for Waste Management -Goa, Michael Lobo said it will take two years to treat and take away the legacy waste accumulated century-old Sonsoddo waste dump in the city. Michael Lobo visited the Margao Municipal Council in order to know about the litigations pertaining to the Sonsoddo waste dump, decide on the new plant, and discuss and decide on the commencement of the bioremediation of the century-old Sonsoddo waste dump.

AMC start development of 300 metric tons per day waste-to-compost plant-The Times of India

Agra Municipal Corporation is developing a mega unit that would convert biodegradable waste into compost. The facility after receiving NOC certificate will have the capacity decompose waste that weighs 300 metric tonnes per day. It will be the largest government-owned biodegradable waste plant in UP. The waste plant will cost approximately Rs 11.27 crore and the expected date of completion of the waste plant will be a month’s span after the plan commences. The compost will be used for plants in parks and on dividers along the roads.

NDMC to impose charge on bulk garbage generators- The Times of India

Complying with the Solid Waste Management bylaws, 2018, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation has started serving notices of user charges to bulk generators of garbage for picking up their waste. While the notices apply with effect from March 2018, north corporation councilors have raised objection over charging a lump sum amount from public.

GHMC team tours New Delhi the Hindu

A high-level GHMC team led by Mayor Bonthu Ram Mohan and Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar on tour of the national capital visited various projects pertaining to solid waste management there. The team included GHMC Commissioner D. S. Lokesh Kumar, Director, Enforcement, Vigilance, Disaster Management Viswajit Kampati, and Special Commissioner Sujatha Gupta.

 
INTERNATIONAL

Slovakia bans single-use plastics from 2021

Slovakia banned single-use plastics as of 2021 joining the European Union fight to reduce marine pollution. The new law will make it illegal to sell plastic plates, cups, cutlery, drink stirrers, straws and cotton buds, among similar items. 72 lawmakers voted in favour of the waste management bill, 30 against and 32 abstained. "Our goal is to motivate people to separate waste, and (for) manufacturers to produce recyclable products," Environment Minister Laszlo Solymos said after the vote. Waste management experts believe the law will trigger a boom in the use of biodegradable packaging.

Plastic waste rises as 1.5bn 'bags for life' sold in UK

Sales of "bags for life" in UK rose to 1.5bn last year as the amount of plastic used by supermarkets increased to 900,000 tonnes, Greenpeace research has found. Campaigners are calling for higher charges for the bags or a complete ban as the research showed households bought an average of 54 a year. In 2016, there were 2bn single-use bags sold. Bags for life must be used four times to be better for the environment. Retailers say they have reduced plastic packaging for their own-brand products.

Glasgow aims to be plastic free by 2030

Glasgow City Council has announced a Plastic Reduction Strategy, a 24-point action plan that will see the city free of unnecessary plastics by 2030. This strategy follows a public consultation on plastic reduction earlier this year that received 1,500 responses. The strategy also includes a plan to tighten legislation on single-use plastics.

Coveris develops 100% recycled, recyclable shrink film

Coveris has developed new Duralite R range with a next generation shrink film solution that is both 100% recyclable and contains up to 50% post-consumer recyclate (PCR), plus an optional pre-consumer top-up material. As part of its ongoing sustainable journey to deliver recyclable flexible packaging solutions, Coveris’ new Duralite R shrink film was developed to provide a fully circular solution to meet both the environmental and legislative demands of the future. Suitable for all secondary applications including multi-wrap cans and bottles, the new low-gauge, high-strength, high-clarity film is born out of Coveris’ Duralite shrink brand which is used by leading global brands in the beverage and grocery sector.

3D Neopac Debuts SpringTube

3D Neopac has developed SpringTube, a packaging solution for cosmetics, personal care products and other applications, including art paints. The tube is specially designed to maintain its shape while delivering a host of additional benefits for consumers, brand owners and manufacturers. Featuring a tamper-evident, push-on PE flip-top cap, the printer-friendly SpringTube, can be decorated via digital, flexo or coldfoil processes.

Troy University receives $2.7M grant to advance plastics recycling

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the United States Department of Commerce that’s based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, has awarded Troy University, Troy, Alabama, with a $2.7 million research grant to be used by the university’s Center for Materials and Manufacturing Sciences to research new methods for recycling plastics. “The recently established Center for Materials and Manufacturing Sciences at Troy University will focus on the recycling of plastics and the development of standards for the recycled plastics,” says Govind Menon, director of Troy’s School of Science and Technology

Viridor, Unilever to partner on plastics recycling

The U.K.-based waste and recycling company Viridor and the consumer products company Unilever, headquartered in London, have signed a five-year contract under which Viridor will supply recycled plastics from its Avonmouth Resource Recovery Centre to the consumer products company. Viridor Resource Management Managing Director Keith Trower says, “Viridor and Unilever are committed to helping the U.K. achieve its recycling and sustainability targets, and this contract demonstrates how we are translating that ambition in action.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment Committee

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Ms. Ankita Satghare - +91 22 6777 8812 environment@aipma.net

 
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