WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING
09 - 15 February, 2020 | Volume : 190
Ban on use of plastic bottles in Kodaikanal from April 1 --The Hindu
From April 1, drinking water and beverages filled in plastic bottles will be banned in the hill station, said Municipal Commissioner Narayanan. The Kodaikanal Municipality had proposed to ban carrying drinking water or beverages in plastic containers. It was decided to ban plastic bottles in the hill station at a recent consultative committee meeting held with various stakeholders, presided over by Collector M.Vijayalakshmi and other senior officers.
NGT leaves decision on Dadumajra garbage processing plant to C’garh MC- The Indian Express
The National Green Tribunal directed the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to make alternative arrangement within one month if it is not possible for them work with the Jaypee group, which is running the Dadumajra garbage processing plant, under the existing or revised contract terms. With the matter now left to the civic body to decide, Municipal Corporation Commissioner K K Yadav said, “The agenda will be brought in the house for discussion.
Goa draws flak for poor waste management system- The Times of India
Pulling up the state government for not managing the waste generated in the state, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India recommended the state government strengthen its waste collection system to ensure that all waste generated is fully collected at source. CAG said that Goa does not have a comprehensive and holistic municipal SWM policy. CAG wants the government to draw a roadmap for establishment of common waste treatment and disposal facilities and hazardous wastes.
Segregate waste or pay fine- The Hindustan Times
Aiming to comply with the directions of National Green Tribunal (NGT), which has set a deadline of March 31 for the Mohali municipal corporation to segregate waste at source, the civic body has formed four teams and will begin challaning the residents Rs 250 each from February 10 onwards. Though the civic body carried out awareness drives for two years and also issued 50 notices, it could not get much success.
Mangaluru City Corporation’s new way to fight plastic- The Times of India
The Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) has found a new way to fight growing plastic pollution, by appointing an agency to segregate plastic from the landfill, for recycling. The agency has been segregating an average of 27-28 tonnes of plastic every day from the city’s 60 wards and has invested over Rs 50 lakh to install all the machinery necessary to process the waste.
SDMC wants to dump landfill inerts in Bhatti mines, writes forest dept –The Hindustan Times
Pursuing its proposal to dump inert waste mined from Delhi’s three landfills -- Okhla, Bhalswa and Ghazipur -- in the Asola Bhatti mines, the South Municipal Corporation of Delhi (SDMC) has written to the Ridge Management Board (RMB) to allow it to use the pits for “non-forestry activity. However, The National Green Tribunal (NGT) earlier had refused to entertain this plea on October 21, saying SDMC should approach “more appropriate authorities.”
New bill calls for US to address source of plastic pollution
Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) introduced the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020 on Tuesday. The bill aims to shift costs of managing waste and recyclables from the local and municipal governments (and taxpayers) that currently pay the price to the producers of the materials that end up in the bin. The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020 is different than other bills previously introduced to address plastic pollution because it would require plastic producers to help the U.S. government clean up the mess, lawmakers explained.
US Exports see another major decline in 2019
Scrap plastic exports from the U.S. continued a steady decrease that has unfolded over the past few years, dropping in 2019 to their lowest total volume since 2002.The U.S. exported 1.46 billion pounds of recovered plastics in 2019, down 38% from the 2.37 billion pounds exported the year before. The 2018 figure was down from 3.68 billion pounds in 2017. That means that from 2017 to 2019, U.S. exports of recycled plastic dropped just over 60%. The decrease in 2019 was driven by major drops in exports to south and Southeast Asian countries, particularly Malaysia (from 450 million pounds in 2018 to 133 million pounds in 2019), Thailand (from 236 million pounds to 60 million pounds) and India (from 294 million pounds to 188 million pounds).
Avery Dennison launches rPET liner
Avery Dennison, headquartered in Glendale, California, has launched a liner for paper facestocks that is made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET). The rPET liner is available on a Forest Stewardship Council-certified semigloss paper facestock, the company says, adding that it will continue to expand the portfolio of paper and film products available with this liner to include performance materials that will meet the needs of converters and brand owners. Avery Dennison’s rPET liner is an ideal solution for converters, brand owners and consumers seeking to reduce the carbon footprint via a true commitment to sustainability.
Airlite Plastics unifies Arctic Fox brand into KodiaKooler
USA-based packaging specialist Airlite Plastics is unifying expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam brand Arctic Fox into KodiaKooler, the company announced in a press release yesterday. Airlite Plastics acquired chain insulated packaging company KodiaKooler in August last year and has taken the opportunity to merge the product lines under one brand. Airlite Plastics acquired KodiaKooler last year in order to expand its growth in temperature-sensitive products and considers this unification to be the next phase of its cold chain division. The unification with Arctic Fox means KodiaKooler will offer a wider product range including EPS foam, natural fibre, refrigerants, reflective insulation, and other cold chain packaging products
BASF extends plastics recycling blockchain pilot into British Columbia
BASF SE, a German chemical company, Thursday announced the launch of a pilot of its reciChain distributed ledger blockchain platform in British Columbia, Canada, to help introduce a sustainable recycling model to help reduce the production of plastic waste. The pilot, operated by BASF’s Canadian branch BASF Canada, will use blockchain technology combined with digital badges and loop count technology, which can count the number of products present in a particular volume, to enable securely sharing recycling data amidst market participants.
Charlottesville, Virginia, partners with GBB on recycling study
Charlottesville, Virginia, has awarded a contract to solid waste management consultant Gershman Brickner Bratton Inc., McLean, Virginia, to study the efficiency of its recycling program. The city awarded the $103,029 contract to GBB in January and has plans to conduct the recycling study through September, according to a report by local news outlet The Daily Progress. The contract also has an option for a route analysis and optimization study for waste and street sweeping routes, the outlet reports. The study will review the city’s recycling program, contracts, resources and services with a goal to increase services, maximize funding and improve efficiency.
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