WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING

8 - 14 March, 2020  |  Volume : 194

NATIONAL

Complete plastic ban in Puri's Jagannath temple from April 1- The Deccan Herald

The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) in Puri, Odisha decided to enforce a complete ban on the use of plastic products inside the temple premises from April 1, a senior official of the body said. The SJTA also decided to increase the penalty for spitting inside the premises by five times to Rs 500, its chief administrator Krishna Kumar said. The decisions were taken after a meeting with 'Chattisa Nijog', the apex body of priests of the temple, he said.

Kozhikode Payyambalam beach to go plastic-free soon- The Times of India

The Payyambalam beach in Kannur is to go plastic-free soon as the district tourism promotion council (DTPC) has initiated steps in this connection. Payyambalam Beach would be declared plastic-free and the project would start from April. The plan is to ban all plastic products including the recyclable ones, according to the officials. Those who bring plastic products will not be permitted to take it on the beach.

Telangana high court orders demolishing 195 polluting plastic units – The Times of India

While ordering immediate demolition of 195 polluting plastic units in Katedan area of Hyderabad, the Telangana High Court on also asked authorities to take action against officials who turned a blind eye all these years. During the hearing, the commissioner made a candid admission that the GHMC did nothing in the last eight years and also criticized the PCB for sleeping over the issue.

Mandatory for manufacturers to provide bags to dispose sanitary pads- The Indian Express

Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change Prakash Javadekar on Sunday announced that January 2021 onwards, sanitary pad manufacturers will have to mandatorily provide packets for disposal of each pad. He said the move was necessary as although usage of sanitary pads has increased, their disposal was being done in a manner that might have adverse impact on the health of those involved in waste-picking.

Chandigarh Integrated waste management project postponed- The Indian Express

Integrated waste management project that was to be implemented in Sector 23 is postponed and the wait for the shifting of dumping ground seems to have extended further. In a meeting held on Wednesday, chaired by Chief Secretary of Haryana Keshni Anand Arora and a panel of various secretaries decided to re-open the negotiations with firm that had filled the tender for the integrated solid waste management project last year.

Mohali dumping ground: MC Chief told to appear before HC- The Hindustan Times

With the local municipal corporation (MC)?continuing to dump the city’s daily garbage on the vacant land in Phase 8B, Industrial Area, the Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the MC?commissioner to be present in court on April 15, the next date of hearing into the shifting of the dumping site. The illegal dumping has become a bane of residents living hardly 50 metres from the dump, with foul smell and mosquitoes becoming a permanent feature of the area.

Railway officials demands waste treatment plant in SCR zone- The Times of India

Demands to install a waste treatment plant in the South Central Railway (SCR) zone have been raised by the railway officials in view of the increasing freight and passenger rail traffic. SCR officials said that as Lallaguda carriage workshop is gearing up o take up periodic overhaul of more coaches waste treatment plant is utmost necessary.

 
INTERNATIONAL

Abu Dhabi Will Ban Single-Use Plastic By 2021

Abu Dhabi (EAD) in the UAE has announced plans to ban single-use plastic bags in the emirate by next year. The plan involves gradually phasing out the use of single-use plastic bags by 2021, as well as encouraging the use of sustainable alternatives and recycling measures. According to Gulf News, the new policy will be implemented in collaboration with various government and private stakeholders.

UK Budget sets out details of plastic packaging tax

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has revealed that the plastic packaging tax will see companies paying £200 per tonne of packaging made from less than 30% recycled plastic from April 2022. The tax was created to encourage the use of more recycled plastic. The announcement was delivered as part of Budget 2020, which GOV.UK describes as “the first budget of a new government, the first of a new decade, and the first since the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU).The Budget 2020 report issued following Sunak’s announcement says: “The government will keep the level of the rate and threshold under review to ensure that the tax remains effective in increasing the use of recycled plastic.

DS Smith opens first recycling facility in US

DS Smith, a packaging manufacturer headquartered in London, officially has opened its first recycling facility in the U.S. in Reading, Pennsylvania. The Reading facility is unique in the region as it is alongside the company’s paper mill and within 1 mile from its packaging plant. “This new plant can recycle over 36,000 tons of old corrugated cardboard (OCC) each year, creating new fully recyclable packaging for our customers in this region,” says Toby Earnest, head of recycling for DS Smith in North America. “Our goal is to achieve zero cardboard and paper going to landfill after packaging is used.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment Committee

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