WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING

26 January-01 February, 2020  |  Volume : 188

NATIONAL

Seized plastics sent for road laying in Dindigul- The Times of India

The Dindigul corporation commissioner had sent the seized plastics to the cement factories for and used for road laying by mixing it with tar and bitumen. Corporation commissioner S Visakan inspected three tonnes of plastics seized by the civic body which were sent to a private firm in Dindigul for road laying works on Saturday. As much as 24 tonnes of plastics have been seized in the city from January 1, 2019, and a total fine of Rs 35 lakh has been collected.

CPCB says e-tailers must collect plastic waste they generate- The Times of India

E-commerce platforms, Amazon and Flipkart, must fulfil their extended producer responsibility under the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, and need to put in place a system for collecting back the plastic waste. Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) told the National Green Tribunal. The CPCB submission came in response to a plea filed by Aditya Dubey to stop E-commerce platforms from using Plastics.

Reliance launching new road project to counter plastics pushback in India- The Indian Express

Reliance Industries, is launching a project to use plastics in road construction, amid growing concerns over pollution in the country of 1.3 billion whose major cities are often plagued with smog and litter. The company will seek to work with India’s highway authority and individual states to potentially supply a plastics-infused mix to make some of the thousands of kilometers of roads Modi wants to build to upgrade India’s creaking infrastructure.

Major fire breaks out at Adharwadi dumping ground in Kalyan- The Hindustan Times

A major fire broke out at Adharwadi dumping ground in Kalyan (West) on Wednesday, engulfing the entire area with thick smoke. There were two major fires at the dump yard last year in March and June. Four fire tenders of Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) started fire-fighting operations. Nine water tankers were at the site working to douse the fire till late night. Every day, around 650 metric tonnes of waste is dumped at Adharwadi dumping ground without any segregation and processing by KDMC.

Chief Secretary directs MCC to scout alternate site for dumping waste- The Times of India

State chief secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar on Wednesday directed Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) authorities to scout for alternate site to dispose the dumping waste pf the city. The direction comes in wake of his visit to Pachchanady dumping yard of the civic body, which Bhaskar noted was not technically suitable anymore. Nearly 8-lakh metric tonnes of waste slid down from Pachchanady dumping site during monsoon and entered human inhabited areas.

MSCL to make door-to-door waste collection efficient with barcodes- The Times of India

The Mangaluru Smart City Limited (MSCL) will soon introduce a new barcode system for efficient implementation of solid waste management (SWM) in all the 60 wards of Mangaluru city. Accordingly all door-to-door waste collection vehicles will have to scan the barcode at the gates of houses, so that the city corporation can track its movement on a real-time basis.

Swiss fashion designer who makes cocktail dresses out of garbage- The Hindustan Times

Swiss fashion Designer Mariel Manuel creates products out of waste- in her exhibitions, the dresses, both geometric and organic, are presented as wall textiles which tell their own tale. She said, “I started out by collecting items from the ground. I would go to markets in Paris and find beautiful tomato nets. Using discarded materials like these that I would collect I started the project, ‘10 dresses under my bed,’ where I made cocktail dresses out of them. It was about me going back to what I really love and questioning what the value of all these disposed things were.”

 
INTERNATIONAL

South Africa presses ahead with Plastics Pact

The UK’s Plastics Pact has been become the framework for a new initiative in South Africa. Designed to tackle plastic pollution, the South African Plastics Pact is closely modelled on the UK Plastics Pact set up by WRAP, which has supported South Africa’s development. South Africa is the latest member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Plastics Pact global network alongside the UK, France, the Netherlands and Chile. The Pact has four targets to stimulate the design of plastic packaging to be reusable or recyclable and drive the use of recycled content in new products. It is the first of its kind in Africa and the aim is for the Pact to play a pioneering role in the country and across the continent.

Plastics ban can't be instant, restaurants warn Ottawa

Canada's restaurant owners are eager to do their part, their association says, but they want the government to leave time for them to adapt to a ban on plastic take-out containers. Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said Thursday Ottawa's promised ban on many single-use plastics is coming in 2021 after a scientific assessment of plastic pollution. The list of what will be banned is still in development. Carol Patterson, national vice-president at Restaurants Canada, said the industry needs a reasonable time to find and procure alternatives that are both affordable and better for the environment.

South Dakota wants to buck the trend and keep their plastic straws and bags

While some other states are passing laws and finding eco-friendly alternatives to reduce plastic waste, South Dakota is moving in the opposite direction. Earlier on Tuesday, the South Dakota Senate Commerce and Energy Committee approved a bill that would prohibit any ban on plastic straws, beverage containers, packaging or bags in the state. The bill, which now advances to the full Senate, was sponsored by Republican Senator John Wiik. He believes cities in South Dakota shouldn't ban plastic "auxiliary containers" because the state is basically one large, "spread-out small town."

U.S. Plastic Bag Manufacturers Set Goal of 95% of Bags Reused or Recycled by 2025

U.S. plastic bag manufacturers and recyclers just signed a wide-ranging sustainability commitment for the industry and renamed their coalition the American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance (ARPBA). The agreement by ARPBA members includes a target that 95% of plastic retail bags be reused or recycled by 2025.

UK waste giant opens large PET recycling facility

U.K. waste management company Biffa announced the formal opening of its 27.5 million pound sterling (about $35.7 million) facility in Seaham, County Durham, in northern England. Biffa called the facility, capable of recycling 57,000 metric tons of PET annually, “among the most modern and technically advanced of its kind in the world.” To start, the plant will produce flakes. Getting to that point has required a roughly $19.5 million investment.

New Mexico Recycling Coalition voices support for recycling legislation

Sarah Pierpont, executive director of the New Mexico Recycling Coalition (NMRC), says that association is supporting federal legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Rep. Alan Lowenthal of California, which she says would create a “huge shift in how we manage plastic production, disposal, recycling and accountability” in the United States. ierpont states that the proposed legislation “has the promise to turn off the flood of single-use plastic and plastic pollution at the source while holding plastic producers responsible for collecting and recycling materials.”

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment Committee

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