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  • Plastic pandemic: COVID-19 trashed the recycling dream Oct 05, 2020 05:15 PM IST

    Plastic pandemic: COVID-19 trashed the recycling dream

    The pandemic has intensified a price war between recycled and new plastic, made by the oil industry. It's a war recyclers worldwide are losing, price data and interviews with more than two dozen businesses across five continents show.

  • Starved of wifi, Indonesians trade plastic trash to study online Sep 15, 2020 04:46 PM IST

    Starved of wifi, Indonesians trade plastic trash to study online

    Millions of Indonesian students have been forced to learn remotely since many schools shut in March due to the pandemic, a particular challenge for poorer families and those in remote areas.

  • L’Oréal to use 100% recycled plastic for packaging by end of 2020 Jun 26, 2020 07:29 PM IST

    L’Oréal to use 100% recycled plastic for packaging by end of 2020

    Since 2005, the Group has reduced the CO2 emissions of its plants and distribution centers by 78 percent in absolute terms, exceeding its initial target of 60% by 2020

  • BMC seizes 410 kg plastic from shopkeepers; slaps Rs 6.60 lakh fine Mar 04, 2020 11:45 AM IST

    BMC seizes 410 kg plastic from shopkeepers; slaps Rs 6.60 lakh fine

    The civic body launched the drive from February 29, with an to make Mumbai free of single-use plastic by May 1 this year, in line with the Maharashtra government's recent announcement.

  • Reliance seeks to counter India plastics pushback with new road project Jan 29, 2020 08:16 AM IST

    Reliance seeks to counter India plastics pushback with new road project

    India, which uses about 14 million tonnes of plastic annually, lacks an organised system for management of plastic waste, leading to widespread littering.

  • SC notice to Centre, ECI on plea against use of plastic, especially banners, hoardings, during polls Jan 09, 2020 01:28 PM IST

    SC notice to Centre, ECI on plea against use of plastic, especially banners, hoardings, during polls

    A bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao issued notices to the Ministry of Environment and Forests and the poll panel while seeking their response within four weeks.

  • 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste generated everyday in India, 40% uncollected: Govt Nov 22, 2019 01:45 PM IST

    25,000 tonnes of plastic waste generated everyday in India, 40% uncollected: Govt

    IDFC First Bank's Non-Executive Chairman Rajiv Lall, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance's Managing Director and Chief Executive N S Kannan, and mutual funds' association AMFI's Chief Executive N S Venkatesh would be part of the panel, an official statement said.

  • India's plastic exports fall 6% as shipments to China, Pakistan dip Nov 08, 2019 04:57 PM IST

    India's plastic exports fall 6% as shipments to China, Pakistan dip

    Exports during April-September topped USD 4.32 billion, compared to USD 4.59 billion in the same period in the last financial year, down 5.9 per cent, according to Chairman of the Plastics Export Promotion Council (PLEXCONCIL), Ravish Kumath.

  • Indian Oil aims at plastic neutrality, uses single-use plastic waste to build road Oct 02, 2019 02:49 PM IST

    Indian Oil aims at plastic neutrality, uses single-use plastic waste to build road

    The road laid out has the maximum percentage of waste plastic used for paving bituminous roads in India

  • Spooked by Modi's plastics ban, India Inc seeks clarity, exemptions Sep 17, 2019 07:28 PM IST

    Spooked by Modi's plastics ban, India Inc seeks clarity, exemptions

    India is likely to impose a nationwide ban on plastic bags, cups, small bottles, straws and some types of sachets next month as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts to reduce use of pollution-causing, single-use plastic.

  • Plastic, plastic everywhere but not for African recyclers Aug 12, 2019 07:13 PM IST

    Plastic, plastic everywhere but not for African recyclers

    Like many developing nations, Kenya has no recycling infrastructure; private companies collect unsorted household rubbish and truck it to enormous dumps.

  • Coca-Cola to divest bottling activities in India: Report Jun 24, 2019 02:09 PM IST

    Coca-Cola to divest bottling activities in India: Report

    Coca-Cola had announced that it has dropped plans to refranchise bottling in Africa, instead, it is opting to retain a majority stake in the operations for the time being.

  • New plastic that could be fully recycled created by Berkeley Lab May 14, 2019 04:00 PM IST

    New plastic that could be fully recycled created by Berkeley Lab

    Even the most recyclable plastic, PET -- or polyethylene terephthalate -- is only recycled at a rate of 20-30 per cent, with the rest typically going to incinerators or landfills, where the carbon-rich material takes centuries to decompose.

  • India's estimates of annual plastic generation inaccurate: CPCB report Apr 02, 2019 05:16 PM IST

    India's estimates of annual plastic generation inaccurate: CPCB report

    As many as 10 states have not furnished reports on plastic waste generation for the past two years.

  • Rising use of plastics to drive oil demand to 2050: IEA Oct 05, 2018 12:50 PM IST

    Rising use of plastics to drive oil demand to 2050: IEA

    Despite government efforts to cut pollution and carbon emissions from oil and gas, the Paris-based agency said it expected the rapid growth of emerging economies, such as India and China, to propel demand for petrochemical products.

  • NALCO for use of aluminium foil as alternative to plastic packaging; plans manufacturing unit Oct 01, 2018 01:40 PM IST

    NALCO for use of aluminium foil as alternative to plastic packaging; plans manufacturing unit

    To meet the challenges of providing alternative solutions to the packaging industry, NALCO would set up the manufacturing unit in the coming days, Tapan Kumar Chand, CMD of the Navaratna CPSE, said.

  • Government asks citizens to not use national flags made up of plastic Aug 08, 2018 03:02 PM IST

    Government asks citizens to not use national flags made up of plastic

    The ministry said it has been brought to its notice that during important events, the national flag made of plastic is used in place of paper flags.

  • Plastic ban: Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Bisleri start printing buyback prices on PET bottles Jul 20, 2018 09:46 AM IST

    Plastic ban: Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Bisleri start printing buyback prices on PET bottles

    Consumers will be able to return the plastic bottles after consumption and will be paid back according to the value printed on the bottles.

  • UP governor okays ordinance banning plastic below 50 microns Jul 15, 2018 09:10 PM IST

    UP governor okays ordinance banning plastic below 50 microns

    With the amendment, the use and manufacture of plastic below 50 micron and thermocol will be banned in a phased manner.

  • Special task force formed to curb plastic use, Maharashtra to Bombay High Court Jun 08, 2018 03:59 PM IST

    Special task force formed to curb plastic use, Maharashtra to Bombay High Court

    The state government today filed an affidavit saying it has formed two committees - an expert committee under the chairmanship of the Additional Chief Secretary and an implementation committee.

  • Plastic exports grew 17.1% in FY18 to USD 8.85 bn Jun 06, 2018 07:06 PM IST

    Plastic exports grew 17.1% in FY18 to USD 8.85 bn

    India's plastic exports grew by 17.1 percent to USD 8.8.85 billion during the year 2017-18, against the previous financial year boosted by higher shipment of raw materials and value-added products.

  • Global quantity of plastic in oceans to nearly double to 250 MT by 2025 May 07, 2018 06:05 PM IST

    Global quantity of plastic in oceans to nearly double to 250 MT by 2025

    The new International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) co-authored analysis paper, released recently, warned that the 'plastic soup' contains toxic chemicals, which could pose risks to marine species and humans.

  • Deadline for disposal of existing plastic stock extended to 3 months Apr 12, 2018 10:08 PM IST

    Deadline for disposal of existing plastic stock extended to 3 months

    In a related development, the Bombay High Court today asked why the government wasn't offering the three-month exemption from the ban to end-users of PET bottles.

  • Plastic ban in Maharashtra from March 18 Mar 16, 2018 09:26 AM IST

    Plastic ban in Maharashtra from March 18

    An official in the state environment department said the ban will cover plastic carry bags, thermocol and plastic plates, cups, forks, bowls and spoons.

  • High Court asks Maharashtra government to reply on plea against plastic ban Feb 20, 2018 10:20 PM IST

    High Court asks Maharashtra government to reply on plea against plastic ban

    The petition claimed that the order was arbitrary and that it was passed without following the principles of natural justice.

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