21 - 28 December, 2019  |  Volume : 186


Police canteen slapped with Rs 3,000 fine for using banned plastic products- The Times of India

The Coimbatore city corporation slapped a penalty of Rs 3,000 on the operator of the canteen located on the city police commissioner’s office premises for using banned plastic products. Six months ago, corporation officials had conducted an inspection at the canteen functioning within the premises of the superintendent of police’s office and had slapped a penalty of Rs 5,000 for using banned plastic products.

Chennai launches online portal for recyclable scrap- The Indian Express

In a bid to address the waste management issue in the city and reduce their carbon footprint, citizens of Chennai have begun segregating waste and recycling non-biodegradable waste generated in their households every day. The first of its kind in India, Madras Waste Exchange is a web portal that facilitates the trade of recyclable waste, both scrap materials and recycled products in Chennai launched by G Prakash, the Commissioner of the Greater Chennai Corporation.

Kalyan residents take green steps for zero-garbage city- The Hindustan Times

Residents of the Mangeshi Housing Society in Annapurna Nagar, Kalyan (West) are segregating waste and composting the wet waste on the premises, setting an example for encouraging and adopting waste management techniques. They hand over dry waste to Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) for processing. The society also collects the sanitary waste separately. The society has initiated to follow the basic three steps to waste management, segregation, reuse and disposal of waste and reduction of waste. The society is planning to apply for the 5% exemption on property tax for one year.

PMC’s crackdown on public litterbugs- The Hindustan Times

Punekars caught disposing of garbage on the streets will be penalised by PMC with public litterbugs being fined for Rs 1,000 fine for 3rd time offenders. Dnyaneshwar Molak, chief of the solid waste management department, PMC said, “We have removed all public bins from the city under the bin-free initiative of Swachh Bharat Mission. Citizens found littering will be penalised. First-time offenders will be fined Rs 500, second-time offenders will have to pay Rs 700 and third-time offenders will be fined Rs 1,000. Our door-to-door collection covers 100 per cent of the city and over 94 per cent of the waste is segregated properly.”

Ulhasnagar gets plot for dump yard-The Hindustan Times

Solid waste would be better managed in Ulhasnagar. The state government has given its approval to allot 30-acre plot to Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) at Usatane village in Ambernath taluka. This comes as a major relief to the civic body which has been demanding a place to dump and manage solid waste.

SC Railway to focus on SWM at Secunderabad railway station- The Times of India

After receiving the environmental standard ISO 14001:2015 certification, South Central Railway (SCR) now aims to focus on solid waste management including disposal of solid waste, plastic bottle shredders, anti-littering initiatives, and implementing zero waste management at Secunderabad railway station.

Delhi citizens release green manifesto to tackle pollution- The Hindustan Times

Ahead of the 2020 Delhi assembly elections, a residents’ body on Monday launched a ‘green manifesto’, urging political parties to adopt and implement it as a road map to address environmental pollution in the Capital for the next five years. The issues range from air pollution, traffic management, transport and mobility, urban design, revival of water bodies to solid waste management.

PCB imposes Rs 1.12-crore penalty on Kochi Corporation- The Hindu

The Kerala State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has imposed a penalty of Rs 1.12 crore on the Kochi Corporation for its failure to set up a leachate treatment plant at the civic body’s waste dumping site at Brahmapuram. Earlier in June the surrounding wall of the Brahmapuram waste management plant had collapsed in some areas leading to allegations that leachate, the percolated liquid from solid waste from the plant, is flowing into Kadambrayar and polluting the water.

Noida waste collection agency allowed to take user charge from residents- The Hindustan Times

The Noida authority has asked AG Enviro Infraprojects Private Limited (Anthony Waste management group) to collect user charges from residents who are using the agency’s services to dispose of their household waste. The user charges for residential areas, including group housing and gated societies, will be in the range of Rs 25 to Rs150 per month. For commercial buildings, including seven-star hotels and banquet halls, user charges have been finalised in the range of Rs 250 to Rs 7,000 monthly.

Noida to adopt bamboo screens to keep plastic from choking drains- The Hindustan Times

To keep plastic and other waste from choking the city’s drains, the Noida authority has installed bamboo screens in the city’s stormwater drains at 250 locations. “This innovative, low-cost and low-maintenance solution helps filter out non-biodegradable waste, mainly plastic, from choking drains and makes its cleaning easy,” Noida authority chief executive officer (CEO) Ritu Maheshwari. The authority has spent about Rs10 lakh on installation of bamboo made screens. After the waste is trapped, it will be collected and recycled as per the Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules-2016, officials said.


Major Thai retailers to stop providing plastic bags from January

Many major Thai retailers will stop providing plastic bags from January 1 in a campaign to reduce the whopping 13.5 billion plastic bags used in Thailand annually. Seventy-five members of the Thai Retailers Association, including giants like Central Department Store, Makro and Tesco Lotus, aim to cut single-use plastic bag consumption by 30%.

Oregon’s statewide plastic bag ban takes effect on January

Oregon’s statewide plastic bag ban takes effect on January 1 2020, and some cities around the state have already begun to make changes. Chester’s Thriftway in John Day has already stopped providing plastic bags for its customers. The store is also offering other options for reusable bags.

ALPLA to help speed up BP Infinia commercialization

Packaging converter ALPLA Group has joined a new consortium for the chemical recycling of PET. The consortium is seeking to speed up the commercialisation of BP Infinia technology, which turns opaque and difficult-to-recycle PET plastics waste into recycled feedstocks. The consortium intends to combine the capabilities and experience of its members – packaging and recycling specialist ALPLA; food, drink and consumer goods producers Britvic, Danone and Unilever; waste management and recycling specialist Remondis; and energy and petrochemicals producer BP – to develop a new circular approach to dealing with PET waste.

Lincoln & York opts for LDPE

A UK-based private label coffee sourcing, roasting and packing firm has fulfilled Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12 of the 17 SDGs set out by the UN, a full 11 years before the deadline. Lincoln & York is keen to actively lead sustainability in the coffee industry and has already committed to making all of its packaging recyclable by 2024. SDG 12 is designed to ensure sustainable consumption and reuse of all products. Karen Yates-Hills, commercial director of Lincoln & York, commented that the company has looked at various options for its packaging, including compostable versus recycling.

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For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
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