WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING

1 - 7 March, 2020  |  Volume : 193

NATIONAL

BMC renewed its plastic ban drive- The Times of India

After state environment minister Aaditya Thackeray's statement on making Maharashtra single-use plastic free by May 1, BMC has decided to renew its plastic ban drive from Sunday, by going the extra mile to make it a success with the help of a squad. Also BMC have been cracking on retailers stocking single-use plastic bags. A day after the BMC announced the revival of the ban on single-use plastic, its men collected Rs 55,000 in fines from 11 shopkeepers and hawkers.

Madhya Pradesh high court asks govt to ban single-use plastic- - The Times of India

In a landmark judgment, the Madhya Pradesh high court on Thursday asked the state government to order schools and colleges to stop use of plastic, and directed industries to take immediate steps to stop production and use of single-use plastic.

BMC revives drive against single-use plastic; seizes 1,028 kg of banned items -- The Indian Express

Reviving its drive against single-use plastic in the city on Sunday, the BMC seized 1,028 kg of the banned material and collected Rs 3.75 lakh as penalty amount from 4,081 hawkers, restaurants, shops and other establishments. The action came after state Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray reiterated his pledge to make Maharashtra free of single-use plastic by May 1.

Bandhwari to stop intake of waste from March 15- The Hindustan Times

From March 15, the municipal corporations of Gurugram and Faridabad will no longer dump their fresh municipal waste at the Bandhwari landfill, having opted to process it at alternative sites in Basai (Gurugram) and Sihi village (Faridabad). Meanwhile, efforts to process about 27.5 lakh tonnes of legacy waste at the landfill will continue, but without the involvement of Ecogreen Energy, the MCG’s concessionaire for waste management in the city.

 
INTERNATIONAL

Europe joins pact to eliminate plastic waste

Europe has become the first international region to join the Ellen Macarthur Foundation’s Plastics Pact network which aims to prevent plastics from becoming waste or pollution. The European Plastics Pact brings together 15 governments and 66 businesses within the European Economic Area (EEA) to work towards a common vision for a circular economy for plastics. Although aimed at plastic packaging and single-use plastics, it opens the door to more post-consumer streams from these areas being recycled for use in other sectors, such as textiles.

Nestlé signs up to European Plastics Pact to push for 100% recyclable or reusable packaging

Food and beverage giant Nestlé has announced that its European business is following in the footsteps of its UK operations by signing up to the European Plastics Pact to help achieve its goals of ensuring packaging is 100% reusable or recyclable by 2025. Nestlé’s chief executive for Europe, Middle East and North Africa Marco Settembri said: "We are pleased to sign the European Pact. One of our joint objectives is to create a circular economy by improving collection, sorting and recycling schemes across Europe.

Coronavirus outbreak risks food packaging supplies from China

Australian supermarket heads have warned that the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak could negatively affect food stock due to packaging supplies from China becoming difficult to obtain. Ritchies Supa supermarket chief executive Fred Harrison told newspapers that 76 independent Australian grocers across the East Coast have been warned of supply issues due to temporary factory closures in China.

First-of-its-kind pouch launched by baby food brand

Baby food brand Gerber has introduced a “first-of-its-kind”, single-material pouch as part of its corporate goal to making 100 per cent of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. Developed in partnership with Gualapack, the baby food pouch is made from polypropylene.

Packaging maker to recycle thermoforms into new products

U.S. plastic thermoform manufacturer Direct Pack Inc. has acquired a PET reclaimer and is now processing recovered thermoforms at a Mexico site. In a new step for Direct Pack, the processing facility will begin taking in recycled PET thermoforms and producing RPET resin for manufacturing new thermoform packaging.

Materials giant buys e-plastics recycling companies

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation has purchased two European plastics recycling companies focusing on engineered plastics, bringing supply of these recycled resins in-house. The purchases will help Mitsubishi “establish an integrated business model for engineering plastics, from manufacturing to sales, machining, collection and reuse.

WRAP unveils Clear on Plastics campaign

WRAP, an Oxon, England-based nonprofit focused on sustainability, has launched a new campaign to clear up confusion on plastics packaging. The Clear on Plastics campaign has been designed by WRAP to give citizens clear information about plastics and the environment. From WRAP, the campaign explains the role of plastic packaging in protecting products and demonstrates the balance between the benefits and drawbacks of alternatives. It also provides tips on how citizens can reduce their use of plastic at home.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment Committee

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