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.
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