19 - 25 January, 2020  |  Volume : 187


IIT-Bombay develops plastic-like films for packaging industry – The Hindustan Times

The Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT-B) has developed plastic-like films for the packaging industry that can degrade into harmless components. The institute has developed a product that is a combination of non-toxic, edible sugar-based or fat-based biopolymers approved by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India that can degrade in about a week or a month. Researchers said at present high-density polyethylene (HDPE) is the standard non-degradable plastic barrier film, used for both consumer goods and food, by most packaging industries in India and overseas.

Two NGOs draft green manifesto for Delhi- The Times of India

Following suit of URJA — the apex body of RWAs, which recently launched ‘People’s Green Manifesto 2020’ — two Delhi-based environmental NGOs have released a ‘green manifesto’ of their own, which they plan to submit to all three major political parties in Delhi ahead of the state assembly polls. he manifesto — which has 18 different heads asks the government to make environment education a mandatory , implementation of the ban on single-use plastic ban on felling of trees and many such related efforts.

PMC to open eight plants this year to process garbage- The Indian Express

Failing to meet its December 2019 deadline to process all garbage generated in its jurisdiction, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has planned to start at least eight plants this year to process as much as 1,700 tonnes of waste every day. In its new schedule, the PMC has decided to start operations of two processing plants of 50 tonnes each at Keshavnagar and Sukhsagarnagar from next month, a 750 tonne processing plant at Ramtekdhi and another 50 tonne processing plant at Keshavnagar in March, a 100 tonne plant in Ambegaon in April, a 200 tonne plant in Uruli in June and 340 tonne plant in Ramtekdi in December. Another 100 tonne plant proposed in Lohegaon is delayed as its location is being changed.

Maha Environment department to take action against violators - The Indian Express

The state Environment Department, headed by Minister for Environment Aaditya Thackeray, said it has decided to begin the implementation of banning plastic carry bags and single-use plastic and taking strict action against violators from January 26 Anil Diggikar, Principal Secretary of the Environment Department, said Aaditya has given instructions to strictly implement the ban starting January 26 after creating awareness.

PMC & PDCHF organizes exhibition on solid waste management- The Hindustan Times

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Pune District Co-operative Housing Federation (PDCHF) jointly organized an exhibition on solid waste management and housing societies on January 25 and 26. The exhibition ‘Smart city and housing society‘ will be held at Ganesh Kala Krida hall at Swargate. speaking to the media during an announcement of the exhibition Dnyaneshwar Molak, Deputy Municipal Commissioner, said that Housing societies and individuals should put in more efforts in composting garbage at source. The summit will also have sessions on rainwater harvesting, solar power, garbage segregation, digital security for societies and also on electric vehicles for large townships and societies during the exhibition.

Lucknow to replicate Indore model of cleanliness- The Hindustan Times

The Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) has decided to follow the Indore model for keeping the city clean including things like managing streetlights, generating funds and solid waste management would also be done on that pattern. There is no harm in replicating good practices from other cities, if these can benefit Lucknow. That’s why LMC has signed an MoU with IIM-Indore for solid waste management under the smart city project,” said Sanyukta Bhatia, Mayor.

Authority fines food joints for improper waste disposal - The Hindustan Times

The Noida authority imposed a penalty of Rs 4 lakh on food delivery firms which were found flouting solid waste management rules of 2016.These firms were found using banned single-use plastic bags and dumping their waste into sewer lines without treating it first. As per rules, food outlets are supposed to set up effluent treatment plants for proper treatment and disposal of waste into sewer lines, officials said.

DMC to install checkpoints to check on vans with uncovered garbage- The Times of India

The Dehradun Municipal Corporation(DMC) has decided to install checkpoints to check on vans with uncovered garbage. DMC commissioner Vinay Pandey said that the checkpoints would be installed at the Shimla Bypass road and the Prem Nagar region as the DMC has received the complaints that the waste is going uncovered and falling on the roads.

Garbage situation in South Goa worsening, says Michael Lobo- The Times of India

Minister for waste management Michael Lobohas said that the Garbage situation in the rural parts of South Goa is worsening with new garbage dumps developing in villages neighbouring Margao and these dumps need to be cleared at the earliest in the larger interest of the city.

3 villages in each dist of Punjab chosen for solid waste mgmt- The Hindustan Times

Following the directive of the National Green Tribunal, the rural development and panchayats department has initiated the process to ensure proper solid waste management in villages. To start with, three villages in each district have been identified for better waste management.Before chalking out an action plan for the villages, joint director, rural development, Avtar Singh Bhullar, along with a team of scientists and engineers, on Thursday visited Nawanshahr to study the solid waste management of the local municipal council. Nawanshahr has emerged as the cleanest town of North India (25,000-50,000 population category) in the first two quarters of 2019-20 swachhta report and was adjudged the garbage-free city in North India in Swachh Survekshan of 2019.


China announces plan to ban single-use plastic by 2022

A new policy to reduce the use of single-use plastics has been unveiled by the National development and Reform commission of China. It aims to reduce the sale, use and production of single use plastic across the country. China, the world largest consumer of plastics, has issued the policy that will see a ban on single use plastic bags in major cities by the end of 2020. The policy document also pushes for a ban in all cities and towns by the end of 2022.

Plastic giant Coca-Cola says people want its plastic

Coca-Cola stood by its single-use plastic bottle at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Speaking to the BBC, senior vice president Beatriz Perez shifted responsibility for the mountains of plastic they produce on consumers. Customers are thirsty for drinks bottled in resalable, lightweight plastic, she said, emphasizing that Coca-Cola has no plans to abandon plastic, single-use packaging. “Business won’t be in business if we don’t accommodate consumers,” Perez told the BBC.

Nestle has a $2 Billion dollar plan to solve the ‘Plastic Crisis’

Nestle announced in a statement that it would invest $2 billion to fix plastic waste. The company said it would use technology to source recycled plastic and will reduce plastics by one third by 2025. According to Reuters, Nestle, one of the largest plastic polluters on the planet, the company will make 100% recyclable plastic by 2025. The company will create a $260 million venture fund to invest in start-ups that make sustainable packaging.

Northeast state in U.S takes next step toward EPR for packaging

Maine legislators are gearing up to introduce a bill that would mandate producers to fund the recycling of packaging they put on the market. The plan calls for different requirements based on whether a packaging type is “readily recyclable.” This month, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection presented a draft of the next stage of legislation to the Maine Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. State Rep. Nicole Grohoski, a member of the committee spoke about the proposal at a recent meeting with local constituents.

TerraCycle announces new partnerships

New Jersey-based TerraCycle has announced it has entered into new partnerships with Boulder, Colorado-based PopSockets and Oakland, California-based The Clorox Co.’s Glad business this January to launch new recycling programs. With PopSockets, which makes expandable phone grips, mobile tech and lifestyle accessories, TerraCycle is creating a free recycling program for PopSockets products, packaging and cellphone cases. Consumers can now send products and packaging to be recycled for free.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment Committee

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