WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING

8 - 14 December, 2019  |  Volume : 184

NATIONAL

Cochin Carnival will be single-use plastic-free- The Times of India

The Cochin Carnival, which will start on December 15 at Fort Kochi. will be single-use plastic free, be it carry bags, flex made of plastic, banners, plates, cups, straws, spoons, bottles, pouch, plastic flags, sheets, cooling films, plastic decoration materials and objects made of thermocol are strictly banned in Cochin Carnival.

Ensure no plastic bag less than 50 microns is manufactured, sold - The Times of India

The National Green tribunal has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to ensure that no plastic bag less than 50 microns of thickness be manufactured , stocked or sold and used across the country. The NGT also asked CPCB to ensure that no unregistered plastic manufacturing and recycling unit is in operation and no unit is running in non-conforming or residential areas.

Solid waste management is my top priority’- The Times of India

Aurangabad Municipal Commissioner Astik Kumar Pandey, who was transferred from Beed to Aurangabad last week, said that Aurangabad was a heritage city and had a great potential for Industrial development and job opportunities. He also said that Solid waste management is his top priority’ and he might start programme called ‘Let’s make the city beautiful’, as in Beed, in Aurangabad as well to manage the problem of solid waste management.

Pune scientists discover fungi strains that degrade polythene- The Indian Express

Three scientists from Pune University have identified fungi which can potentially help degrade polythene and emerge as an answer to the plastic pollution crisis. The research team, led by Avinash Ade at Savitribai Phule Pune University, including Manisha Sangale (Savitribai Phule Pune University) and Mohd Shahnawaz (currently, with CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu), had published a paper based on collected samples from 12 different locations in five coastal states — Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat.

PMC claims 16k vehicles fuelled by its CNG generated from waste- The Hindustan Times

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has claimed that at least 16,000 vehicles were powered by 186 tonnes of compressed natural gas (CNG) generated from its waste recycling plant in Baner. The civic body also said in a statement that after Indore in Madhya Pradesh, PMC is the only civic body in the country to generate CNG from wet waste. The energy is passed on to companies like Indian oil and Mahindra, which sell it for retail. The initiative has not only helped manage wet waste in the city, but has also reduced pollution, said civic officials.

C’garh forest department reuses discarded plastic bottles to grow plants- The Indian Express

The Chhattisgarh forest department has come up with a unique initiative to reuse waste plastic bottle for growing saplings. The initiative was started after the state imposed a ban on the use of plastic. Used bottles collected by woman workers at the Ramanijganj nursery are cut open and used for preserving and growing saplings. The initiative also provides employment opportunities for women on a daily basis. Balrampur divisional forest officer Pranay Mishra said that they have already prepared around 3,000 plants using the eco-friendly method and expects the plastic containers to last for about two years.

Panchkula civic body takes waste segregation to school students- The Indian Express

The Municipal Corporation of Panchkula in tie-up with a Dubai based NGO, Ervis foundation, is all set to start workshops in schools on solid waste management, focusing especially on plastic pollution called ‘blue workshops’. The workshop will be held from Tuesday to Friday. The two schools selected for holding the event include Sanskriti Model School of Panchkula and St Vivekanand Millennium School of Pinjore, where more than 500 students, from classes IV to VIII will take part in this exercise.

Show selfie with segregated waste, get free organic compost in Kharar- The Hindustan Times

In a bid to encourage waste segregation in households, the Kharar Municipal Council (MC) in Mohali is offering free organic compost to residents, who will show their selfie with separate waste bins for dry and wet waste at their house. Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan said residents can bring their selfies to the compost shed, opposite MC Park, in Kharar, and get free organic compost as per their requirement. The weeklong campaign will start on Tuesday.

PMC opts for ‘rangoli’ designs to send right message on dumping waste- The Hindustan Times

Sanitation workers of the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) solid waste management department have initiated a drive adopting the pattern of drawing rangolis with slogans to get rid of indiscriminate garbage dumping in the city. Dnyaneshwar Molak, head of the solid waste management department said that if residents continue to dump garbage at the spots, the civic body will start levying fines. “We appeal to the residents to not dump garbage on the roads. If the non-cooperation continues, we will start collecting fines on the spot.”

450 kg of plastic waste collected at Chhota Udepur fair – The Indian Express

The Chhota Udepur district administration in continuation with its campaign to reduce plastic waste, organized a day-long fair to exchange plastic waste with items of daily use. Over 200 people participated in the fair and around 450 kg of plastic waste was collected. For every kg of plastic, citizens were provided with a coupon worth Rs 70 with which they could buy items like tea, sugar, rice, etc.

PCMC slaps fine on housing society for not installing composting unit- The Hindustan Times

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) on Monday collected Rs 5,000 fine from a Wakad-based housing society for its failure to set up a garbage process unit on the society premises. Dr Anil Roy, PCMC chief medical officer, said, “There are several societies in Pimpri-Chinchwad that generate more than 100 kg waste daily, but have not set up processing units on the premises. Many have failed to take any action despite several reminders from civic authorities.”

Biomining at solid waste management plant at Alevoor may start in February- The Hindu

Biomining is likely to begin at the solid waste management plant of the city municipality at Alevoor, Manhgaluru from February 2020. Nearly. The plant is located on 22 acres of land and the city generates 72 tonnes of garbage daily. Presently, solid waste is being dumped at the Alevoor plant, while two tonnes of liquid waste from eight wards is processed at the biomethanation plant at Beedinagudde here in Udpi. The Udupi civic body will call for quotations for biomining at the Alevoor plant in about a fortnight. Then, tenders will be floated and the work order will be issued by the end of January, 2020

 
INTERNATIONAL

Philadelphia City Council Passes Bill To Ban Plastic Bags

Philadelphia City Council passed a bill to ban plastic bags in retail stores and for deliveries. The ban was just one of the controversial bills tackled by lawmakers last week. Mayor Jim Kenney says he plans to sign the bill into law. The rush in getting it passed was because Thursday was the last voting session of the year for the council and the last before a new council is sworn in. The plastic bag ban was passed 15 to two. Councilmen Brian O’Neill and David Oh were the only two who voted against it. The ban applies to all retail sales and deliveries in the city, including grocery and clothing stores.

Federal lawmakers launch plastics recycling task force

Four members of US Congress this week unveiled a workgroup to boost plastics recycling through technology investments and more. It’s the latest of several recent moves at the national level to address plastics recovery. The task force will include elected officials at the federal, state and local level, as well as recycling industry representatives. Its goal will be to “facilitate investment in recycling technologies and promote education on plastics generation and recovery.

California accuses CVS of breaking bottle deposit rules

California regulators say retailer CVS hasn’t complied with bottle and can redemption requirements, and they’re seeking to force the company to fork over nearly $3.7 million. The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) on Dec. 5 filed an accusation document against CVS Health seeking unpaid fees, penalties and reimbursement for the state’s enforcement costs.

Belu backs recycled PET

UK bottled water brand Belu is to make all of its PET bottles from 100 per cent recycled plastics bottles in a move that the company says is the lowest carbon footprint option. Belu, a social enterprise that gives 100 per cent of its profits to charity WaterAid, claims that the recycled material generates 75 per cent less carbon emissions than aluminium and is easily recycled, unlike cartons. By moving to 100 per cent recycled PET, Belu estimates that it will generate about 60 per cent less carbon emissions than a comparable virgin bottle and about half that of a typical aluminium can (which contains 70-73 per cent recycled content).

Kodak and Uteco introduce Ultrastream flexible packaging press

US-based Technology Company Kodak and Uteco have partnered to introduce a new Uteco Sapphire EVO W flexible packaging press powered by Utrastream inkjet technology. Uteco Sapphire has become the first flexible packaging press in the market that uses Kodak’s latest continuous inkjet technology. It has been created for packaging converters and brands that are seeking affordable solutions for shorter production runs. Powered by Ultrastream inkjet technology, the press has production speeds equal to analogue presses. It can print short-to-medium-run length jobs. The technology offers high image quality with drop uniformity and placement accuracy on substrates ranging from paper to film.

Agilyx, GE partner to recycle plastics

Agilyx, headquartered in Tigard, Oregon, has partnered with General Electric Co. (GE), headquartered in Boston, to increase the amount of post use plastic scrap that’s turned into valuable feedstocks. Agilyx plans to use GE’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology to help with chemical recycling of this material. By using this technology, the two companies hope to increase chemical recycling of post use plastics from the current 10 percent to 95 percent, Agilyx said in the release on the partnership.

New consortium to develop chemical plastic recycling in France

Major companies in the packaging value chain have formed a consortium to develop chemical plastic recycling in France. The partners include international energy company Total, plastic recycling technology provider Recycling Technologies, as well as global brands Nestlé and Mars. The companies have partnered to support the goals of the France-based environmental non-governmental organisation Citeo. Citeo is urging companies to develop eco-design, recycling and recovery projects for plastic and paper in the country. Citeo CEO Jean Hornain said: “This ambitious project meets Citeo’s goal of finding end-to-end solutions for all packaging. “New recycling technologies such as chemical recycling will take performance to the next level and accelerate the circular economy for post-consumer plastic waste, especially when it is complex. “Our initiative will be a key driver to deliver short and medium-term solutions.”

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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