WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING

03 - 08 February, 2020  |  Volume : 189

NATIONAL

Implement single-use plastic ban in Maharashtra by May 1 –The Times of India

Environment minister Aaditya Thackeray has directed all municipal corporations to ensure they are free of single-use plastic by May 1, Maharashtra Day. Thackeray reviewed implementation of the ban in the state at the municipal corporation level via video-conferencing. He has asked all municipal corporations to share their plans on how they will implement the ban and plug all loopholes by February 20.

NGT to penalise civic bodies for not adhering to waste mgmt rules- The Hindustan Times

A monitoring committee formed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has decided to penalise civic bodies that fail to adhere the solid waste management rules by March 31. The committee also directed officials to install GPS system on garbage collection vehicles. NGT monitoring committee member and environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal said the NGT will now monitor solid waste management 24X7 and officials will be made responsible for violations. Former chief secretary and member of the NGT monitoring committee SC Aggarwal directed officials to check open dumping of garbage.

BMC budget focuses on infrastructure, SWM –The Hindustan Times

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) budget for 2020-2021 budget has put money on the ongoing big-ticket infrastructure projects, keeping a large chunk for the coastal road, Goregaon-Mulund Link Road (GMLR), waste-to-energy plant in Deonar, reclamation of Mulund dumping ground and storm water drains to reduce flooding. As the city’s poor waste management system is an area of concern, the solid waste management department has been given money for two mega projects – waste-to-energy plant at Deonar and decentralisation of waste management facility for which the BMC has allocated Rs 231 crore in 2020-2021.

Mohali gets its first waste plant- The Times of India

The Mohali administration has set up its first solid waste management project at Jheurheri village in the district. The Mohali district administration, Kharar block development and panchayat officer (BDPO) and the Jhuerheri gram panchayat collectively came up with first of its kind project in the village. The project was inaugurated by Punjab health and family welfare and labour minister Balbir Singh Sandhu.

UN project to help Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh get rid of piling plastic waste- The Times of India

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will be initiating a massive plastic waste management project in the two Telugu states. The project is part of an all-India initiative, covering 50 cities. UNDP team has been constituted in Hyderabad to look into the project, which is being taken up in partnership with Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages (HCCB), for both the states. This team will coordinate with key officials to ensure project implementation. UNDP has several plans to fight plastic littering.

Medaram Jatara going ‘plastic-free’ this year- The Indian Express

Medaram Jatara, one of the oldest tribal festivals in the country held in Telangana’s Mulugu district annually, is going plastic-free this year. Over the next 10 days, nearly one crore people will attend the festival — also known as the Sammakka Sarlamma Jatara — with the crowd peaking on February 6 and 7 when the goddess is taken out in a procession.

Road sweeping machine to start functioning in Panchkula- The Indian Express

The Municipal Corporation of Panchkula acquired a road sweeping machine last week , which comes as a gift from the state government. The machine bought at a cost of Rs 76 lakh, is one of the 44 the state government gifted to Municipal Corporations across Haryana. The machine will start operating within the week covering a distance of almost 34 km per day. With the speed of the vehicle to be somewhere more than 3 km/hour, the expected time for the vehicle to finish the said distance has been pegged at 10 hours.

MCG likely to fund composting units in all societies- The Hindustan Times

The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) discussed a host of issues in its House meeting, including the construction of dispensaries in each of the civic body’s 35 wards and providing financial assistance to condominiums and residential societies for setting up composting plants, officials said on Monday. A small committee was asked to set up a composting plant in residential societies at the expense of the municipal corporation.

KMC reclaims Dhapa for scientific waste disposal–The Times of India

Unable to find an alternative ground to dump waste as large as Dhapa, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation has decided to continue with the existing facility but after scientifically reclaiming it in phases. As the KMC is determined to reduce health hazards from the Dhapa dumping ground, a search for an alternative land is also on.

 
INTERNATIONAL

First of three bills on banning plastics in Colarado fails to clear first Senate committee

The first of three bills intended to change state law around plastics failed to win support from state Sen. Angela Williams, D-Denver, who joined with the Senate Local Government Committee’s two Republicans last week to shoot down Senate Bill 10. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, would strike a state law, known as preemption, that prohibits local governments from banning certain kinds of plastics in their communities. Let Denver determine its own plastics future,” asked Denver City Council President Jolon Clark. The bill drew an interesting mix of opposition. Denver City Councilwoman Kendra Black commented what’s good for Denver is not necessarily good for the rest of the state. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, which oversees recycling in the state, the statute passed in 1993 is just 36 words that sealed our recent fate: “Local Government Preemption. No unit of local government shall require or prohibit the use or sale of specific types of plastic materials or products or restrict or mandate containers, packaging, or labeling for any consumer products.”

Thailand’s plastics industry wants the government’s help to keep afloat

The Thai Labour Minister is being asked to step in and help the dozens of Thai plastic bag manufacturers which are at risk of closing their businesses. Somchai Techapanichgul, the president of the Thai Plastic Industries, told the Labour Minister MR Chatu Mongol Sonakul that almost 500 plastics manufacturers only “expect to stay in this industry until April” if the government refuses to step in. The association estimates that the ban on single-use plastic bags has already cost the industry 24.3 billion baht. The ban also put 6,030 workers in the industry at risk of losing their jobs.

Tunisia to ban plastic bags in supermarkets and chemists

Tunisia has announced plans to stop its supermarkets and pharmacies from using single-use plastic bags from next month before phasing them out completely in 2021. Under government plans, major supermarkets and pharmacies will stop issuing the bags from 1 March, with all bags banned by January 2021. Reusable bags – defined by the government as having a thickness of 40 micrometres and a capacity of more than 30 litres – will remain in circulation.

BASF and Fabbri Group develop new fresh-food packaging film

German chemical company BASF and packaging manufacturer Fabbri Group have partnered to develop a new cling film for fresh food packaging. As part of the partnership, Fabbri Group has developed the stretch film Nature Fresh using certified compostable and biobased bioplastic BASF’s ecovio. Offering high transparency and optimal mechanical properties for automatic packaging, the new packaging extends fresh food shelf life. The packaging is compliant with US and European food contact standards and can be composted with any home food waste.

Trinseo and CEDAP to implement recycled polystyrene in food packaging

Plastics and synthetic rubber manufacturer Trinseo has partnered with packaging industry sheet extrusion service provider CEDAP to use recycled polystyrene (PS) in food packaging. As part of the partnership, Trinseo will provide technical knowledge to CEDAP for the development of a 100% PS yoghurt container.

American Progressive Bag Alliance becomes American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance

The American Progressive Bag Alliance, Washington, has been renamed the American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance (ARPBA). The U.S. plastic bag manufacturers and recyclers that comprise the group also have signed a sustainability commitment that includes reusing or recycling 95 percent of plastic retail bags by 2025. Matt Seaholm, executive director of the ARPBA, says that the change to the American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance best reflects members’ efforts as a coalition and helps them continue to share the success story of plastic bag recycling.

Buddhist monks are recycling plastic bottles into robes

At a Buddhist temple south of Bangkok, a monk watches as a machine presses down on thousands of water bottles, before a giant bale of crushed plastic rolls out with a thud. The plastic is destined to be recycled into polyester fibres, which will be made into fabric for saffron-coloured robes for monks. The recycling temple of Wat Chak Daeng is one bright example of recycling for Thailand, one of five countries that account for more than half of plastic in the world’s oceans. The monks have crushed 40 tonnes (88,185 lb) of plastic over two years since starting the programme, aiming to curb plastic waste entering the Chao Phraya River, which flows south to the Gulf of Thailand in the western Pacific Ocean.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment Committee

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