WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING

1 - 7 December, 2019  |  Volume : 183

NATIONAL

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.

Submit status report on SWM by January 31, NGT tells its panel- The Times of India

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has sought a report from the oversight committee on the compliance of solid waste management rules in Chandigarh on or before January 31, 2020. The issue of functioning of garbage processing plant at optimum capacity in terms of earlier orders may also be worked out, subject to the guidance and supervision of the above committee.

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.

 
INTERNATIONAL

Honolulu City Council Approves Strict Plastics Ban

The Honolulu City Council on Wednesday approved one of the strictest bans on plastics in the country, closing loopholes in the existing ordinance on plastic bags and prohibiting single-use utensils and Styrofoam containers. The council passed Bill 40 on a 7-2 vote. The decision follows similar plastic bans adopted on Maui and Hawaii Island. The measure now goes to Mayor Kirk Caldwell for review. If he signs it into the law, the restrictions would be phased in starting in 2021 when loopholes in the plastic bag ban would be closed. The full ban would take effect on January 1, 2022. Businesses not adhering to the law would face fines of up to $1,000 a day, but they could file for an exemption if they cannot find reasonable, non-plastic replacements.

New Jersey moving closer to bans on plastic bags, straws and foam containers

One of the most stringent set of restrictions on everyday plastic products that litter New Jersey's beaches and waterways passed a significant legislative hurdle when a key committee approved it. The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee voted to release the bill that bans plastic retail bags, paper bags, polystyrene food containers and straws after a whirlwind hearing in Trenton. Supporters expect both houses to vote on the measure before the legislative sessions is up in mid-January.

Logan becomes third Utah City to adopt single-use plastic bag ban

Members of the Logan City Council voted 3-2 to approve a ban on single-use plastic bags — becoming the third municipality in the state to do so. The prohibition, spearheaded by Councilman Herm Olsen, will take effect on Earth Day in April. At the same time, the council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday supporting a county-wide plastic waste management program, which would give retailers the option of whether to eliminate free single-use plastic bags or provide them at a charge of $0.10 each. They can also choose to pay a surcharge of $17.50 per ton of waste they generate.

Hot water-soluble laundry bags, made from Aquapak polymer launched

Hot water-soluble laundry bags, made from Aquapak polymer have been launched by Australian distributor, DB Packaging. The bags can be used to contain dirty or contaminated laundry, and can be put directly into washing machines. Based in Australia, DB Packaging, an eco packaging company that provides innovative and environmentally sustainable packaging solutions, has worked with their manufacturer, Advent Packaging, to bring to market a range of cytotoxic laundry bags and food waste bags made from Aquapak’s Hydropol polymer pellets.

Co-op launches campaign to help cut aluminium packaging waste

UK supermarket chain Co-op has launched a campaign to cut aluminium packaging, including Christmas mince pie wrappers, with an estimated 3,000 tonnes expected to end up in landfill this Christmas.

U.S Federal effort supports energy-efficient recycling tech

A U.S. Department of Energy initiative seeks to boost plastics recycling, setting a handful of goals to hit by 2030 and highlighting funding opportunities to advance technology. The federal department last month launched the Plastics Innovation Challenge, which will draw on the department’s “extensive resources and expertise to position the U.S. as a world leader in advanced plastic recycling technologies,” said Rick Perry, then-secretary of the Department of Energy

Stadler develops delabeler to address plastic sorting issue

Stadler has developed a specific solution to remove the labels Bottles make up a large proportion of plastic waste, and they present a particular issue to the recycling industry: the labels are made of a different polymer and color than the bottles, which negatively affects the accuracy of the sorting process. The Stadler delabeler removes labels from bottles of all types, achieving a quality standard of up to 80 percent of labels removed. It processes a mass flow of up to nine tons per hour depending on the particle size and material composition.

Virgin plastic giant acquires US PET reclaimer

Indorama Ventures, the world’s biggest prime PET producer, has acquired another U.S. plastics recycling company- Green Fiber International, which has the capacity to produce 88 million pounds per year of PET flakes. Green Fiber’s 140,000-square-foot plant produces RPET for food-contact packaging. Indorama said the California acquisition is strategically in line with the company’s sustainability objectives and part of its plan to invest significantly in recycling over the next five years.

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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