WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING
16 - 22 February, 2020 | Volume : 191
Ban on compostable carry bags too- The Times of India
The Kerala state government reiterated that there is a complete ban on plastic carry bags, including those made of compostable materials, in the state. Though the government has exempted product-attached straws from the ban, it banned plastic sapling bags. The government has said that compostable products should bear the details of the manufacturer, marketing agency, material specification, date of manufacture, batch number, CPCB approval details with license number and validity in the form of QR code.
Study finds consumers confused on what constitutes single use plastics- The Indian express
Most of the consumers are confused on what constitutes single use plastics according to a study “Single-Use Plastics: The Last Straw”, released by environment body –Toxic Links on Wednesday found that most consumers do not consider mineral water bottles and straws as single-use plastic (SUP), despite them being so. Only 57 percent of those surveyed in urban centers including metropolitan cities and smaller towns, considered plastic carry bags as single-use plastic, said the study.
Kolhapur set to become plastic-free soon- The Times of India
The Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) has drafted an action plan to make the city ‘plastic-free’ by March 01. The week-long initiative implemented from February 17 with awareness programmes planned across the city. The action plan has been drafted by the health department comprises of awareness programmes, drive and setting up of plastic collection centres at 13 localities in the city.
Waste warriors fight for cleaner Navi Mumbai- The Hindustan Times
Residents of Navi Mumbai have adopted ‘My waste my responsibility’ and are handling waste by recycling the non-biodegradable waste generated daily. Thane-based activist Bhatu Sawant, founder of NGO Samarth Bharat Vyaspeeth, has been helping residents dispose of garbage properly after segregating it. They separate glass, plastic and paper. While the plastic goes in for fuel production, glass and other paper waste is sent for recycling. The fuel generated is used in boilers.
South Dakota legislators approves ban on plastics bans
The South Dakota House approved a bill Tuesday to block towns and cities from banning plastic bags, cups and straws. The Senate has already approved the bill, so it moves to Gov. Kristi Noem for action. A spokeswoman said the governor would be reviewing the legislation. Retail groups supported the ban on plastics bans, saying they make it more expensive for stores to supply alternatives.
Indonesia revives excise plan on plastics, dirty vehicles and sweet drinks
Indonesia is planning to impose an excise on plastics, fossil-fuel vehicles and sweet drinks. The planned excise would reduce plastic consumption by up to 50 percent, adding the government would likely receive an excise of Rp 1.6 trillion (US$116.6 million) each year.
Washington considers banning disposable plastics in restaurants and grocery stores
The lawmakers in Washington are considering to ban disposable plastics in restaurants and grocery stores. Proposed legislation would create a phased-in ban on plastic “food-service products” accompanying ready-to-eat food — a lengthy list of items including containers, bowls, bottles, meat trays, produce sacks, utensils, tea bags and sandwich wrap.
Mondi and Cartro to produce sustainable avocado packaging
International packaging and paper group Mondi has joined with Mexican corrugated packaging company Cartro to produce sustainable and humidity-resistant avocado packaging. The new packaging, Bravocado, reduces food waste by withstanding long-distant transportation.
UAE’s Agthia launches new 100% plant-based water bottle
Abu Dhabi-based food and beverages company Agthia Group has launched a new plant-based water bottle. Named ‘Al Ain Plant Bottle’, the new product is environmentally friendly and said to be the region’s first water bottle made from 100% plant-based sources, including the cap. The plants’ sugars are fermented and converted into special polymer materials. The obtained resin, which is free from petroleum or its by-products, is used to create the bottle.
Emsur joins CEFLEX for flexible packaging circularity
Flexible packaging solutions provider Emsur has become a member of a collaborative initiative CEFLEX. A European consortium of companies and associations has launched the initiative to encourage flexible packaging circularity. As part of the commitment, Emsur has planned to provide packaging solutions developed from natural resources to help reduce environmental impact.
Magnets help on bottle recycling obstacle
A startup that supplies an ink allowing shrink sleeve labels to be separated from PET flakes with a magnet has successfully completed early testing of the innovation. Magnomer, a Massachusetts based company, developed magnetizable inks that allow reclaimers to remove labels with magnets, which are already used to ensure ferrous metals don’t contaminate flakes or get into extruders. Magnomer’s inks can be produced in various colors or as a transparent ink, and are applied with standard label printing equipment.
CalRecycle approves two CRV pilot projects
California is exploring new models mobile takeback and bag-drop collection programs, to boost consumer access to California Redemption Value (CRV) bottles and cans. According to a news release from CalRecycle, successful projects “could serve as new models for more convenient redemption statewide to boost consumer access to California Redemption Value (CRV) bottles and cans. The state responded to the sudden closure of 281 recycling centers last August by increasing enforcement and legislating funds for this program to support innovative new redemption options for underserved communities.
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