In a first, Indian Army builds road out of Plastic waste in Guwahati- The Guwahati Times
In a first, Indian Army has built a road with 1.24 metric tonne of plastic waste in Guwahati. The road was constructed as part the Narangi Military Project – a pilot project of the Military Engineer Services. This move comes after it was revealed that India is the 15th biggest plastic waste producer in the world. According to The Guwahati Times, Goalpara became the first district in Assam to get a road which was constructed with plastic waste.
Government may list 8 single-use plastic items- The Economic Times
The Centre is likely to identify as many as eight articles as ‘single-use plastic’ items that will be discontinued on a priority basis including plastic cutlery, plastic bags and certain Styrofoam items. After consulting stakeholders, the environment ministry is close to announcing a clear and uniform definition of single-use plastic.
Guidelines on plastic management ready, to be rolled out in six months- The Indian Express
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has prepared the long-delayed national framework for extended producer’s responsibility (EPR), which would be implemented in the next six months. The EPR framework has three components based on the size of a company — small, medium and large — Nidhi Khare, Joint Secretary at MoEFCC, told an NGT bench headed by A K Goel.
Bombay high court lifts stay on Kanjur waste dumpyard expansion - The Times of India
The Bombay high court on Thursday in an interim order vacated a stay it had granted in September on the environmental clearance for the expansion of the Kanjurmarg landfill site. The expansion is required to operate an integrated scientific solid waste management system and the environmental clearance adds 52 hectares to the 65 hectares already in use at the site.The state had allotted BMC over 141 hectares for waste management as an alternative to the former Chincholi Bunder landfill and the Deonar dump, which is scheduled to be closed by December 31.
PepsiCo and Hindustan launch dry plastic waste management initiative- The Hindustan Times
PepsiCo and Hindustan have launched a dry plastic waste management initiative in schools in collaboration with Nepra. On December 3, 2019, students of Delhi Public School (DPS) in Varanasi were educated about the proper management of dry waste. Apart from DPS, students from Happy Model School, Gopi Radha Public School, St. Al Hanif, BNS Public School, Vidya National Public School, Tomar Children’s School and Sant Atulananda School were present at the launch. The campaign aims to connect at least 25 schools in Banaras.
NDMC issues bid for Bhalswa combustible waste - The Hindustan Times
The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has floated an all-India tender inviting industrial units to utilise the “combustible but non-recyclable waste” recovered from biomining of the Bhalswa Landfill. The civic body is eyeing cement companies, thermal power plants and Waste-to-Energy (WTE) facilities that can use the waste in their furnace, senior officials of the corporation said. We believe it is a first-of-its-kind project in Delhi, whereby we have called upon companies take our non-inert and non-biodegradable waste,” said the north corporation commissioner, Varsha Joshi.
Rs 999 crore garbage plan for Bengaluru - The Times of India
A three-year initiative to rid Bengaluru of garbage is on the cards. The Rs 999-crore Shubra Bengaluru (Clean Bengaluru), cleared by the BS Yediyurappa government and to be implemented by the BBMP, will seek to make the state capital garbage free. However, the initiative seems to violate the National Green Tribunal' s recent directive to BBMP to not consider landfills and quarry pits to dispose of waste.
Waste treatment plants to be set up in all three civic council areas of Pilibhit -The Times of India
A solid waste management plant will be set up in each of the three municipal council areas of Pilibhit district or converting household solid waste and recycling waste polythene into blocks. A decision to the effect was taken in a meeting of district government officials presided over by principal secretary of urban development, Manoj Kumar Singh. . The state government has allocated Rs 33 lakh for each municipal council for setting up the material recovery facility (MRF) for which requisite land has been identified.
NMC to empanel private agencies for waste recycling- The Times of India
The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will soon be setting up a panel of private agencies, having expertise in processing/recycling garbage, which will assist bulk waste generators (BWGs) in treatment and reuse of garbage at source- level. NMC’s Pench project cell has invited applications from private agencies for empanelling. The last date for submission of applications is December 16 and opening on December 17. NMC has identified 42 BWG, which include hotels and malls etc. NMC will have no role in the process and BWGs will have to enter into an agreement with the agency and pay for it.
The NMC will only monitor the process.
SMC to stop garbage collection from bulk waste generators - The Times of India
The Salem municipal corporation (SMC) will stop collecting bio-degradable waste from bulk generators from January 1, 2020 The decision was taken as per the solid waste management rules, 2016, corporation commissioner R Sadheesh said. The bulk generators were told to set up a biogas plant on their own premises, the corporation commissioner said. If the bulk generators do not have sufficient place to set up the plant on their premises, the SMC had nominated an NGO, who will run a micro composting centre (MCC) for them.
Odisha’s blueprint for clean, green State - The Hindu
The Odisha government has prepared a blueprint on five thematic areas including plantation, air and water pollution, energy and management of plastic to project the State as a clean and green one. Under the Green Odisha Campaign, the government will enhance plantation activities by three times in coordination with other departments to reach such as horticulture, soil conservation, watershed mission, water resources and tribal development department.
NMC’s Special GB meet on garbage, encroachments – The Times of India
Nagpur: Mayor Sandip Joshi has convened a special general body meeting on December 7 to discuss two issues — encroachments and current status of door-to-door garbage collection. The NMC and city police will jointly launch a massive drive and stormy discussions on door-to-door garbage collection are expected as garbage collection has remained affected for several days.