Govt announces Plastic Waste recycling targets

What is the news? Recently the Environment Ministry has issued draft guidelines for controlling the use of plastic. The notification was expected to come into force by December 6 and, as of now, was open to public feedback. What are the various categories under it? These divide the guidelines into three categories. Rigid plastics: These… Continue reading Govt announces Plastic Waste recycling targets

NITI Aayog – UNDP Launch Handbook on Sustainable Management of Plastic Waste for ULB’s

What is the News? NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman has launched the NITI Aayog – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Handbook on Sustainable Urban Plastic Waste Management. What was the need for this handbook? Globally, only about 9% of the total plastic produced gets recycled, about 12% is incinerated and energy is recovered and the rest about… Continue reading NITI Aayog – UNDP Launch Handbook on Sustainable Management of Plastic Waste for ULB’s

Why new rule allowing recycled plastic in food packaging raises concerns

Synopsis: The new directive by Union environment ministry overrides 2016 rules that did not permit carry bags made of recycled plastic for food items. Introduction Recently, the Union government notified the Plastic Waste Management (Second Amendment) Rules, 2021. The latest notification is a U-turn by the Centre and its stand of five years. The use… Continue reading Why new rule allowing recycled plastic in food packaging raises concerns

IISc researchers find a way to substitute for single-use plastics

What is the News? Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru (IISc) have found a way to make a substitute for single-use plastic that can help mitigate the problem of accumulating plastic waste in the environment. What is the new material developed by IISc? Researchers have developed polymers using non-edible oil and cellulose extracted… Continue reading IISc researchers find a way to substitute for single-use plastics

Land, freshwater species in Asia-Pacific impacted by plastic pollution: UN Study

Source: This post is based on the article “Land, freshwater species in Asia-Pacific impacted by plastic pollution: “UN Study” published in Down to Earth on 1st September 2021. What is the news? Recently, a study titled “Impacts of Plastic Pollution on Freshwater Aquatic, Terrestrial and Avian Migratory Species in the Asia and Pacific Region” was… Continue reading Land, freshwater species in Asia-Pacific impacted by plastic pollution: UN Study

Conserving Chitkul: Why the ‘last village of India’ cannot be allowed to drown in plastic

Source: This post is based on the article “Conserving Chitkul: Why the ‘last village of India’ cannot be allowed to drown in plastic” published in Down to Earth on 31st August 2021. What is the news? Plastic waste is making its way to even remote locations in the mountainous regions such as “Chitkul (in Himachal Pradesh)”… Continue reading Conserving Chitkul: Why the ‘last village of India’ cannot be allowed to drown in plastic

Single-use plastic ban: Reading the fine print reveals ominous loopholes

Source: Down to Earth   Relevance: New Plastic Waste Management Rules 2021 and issues associated with it Synopsis: The recently announced Plastic Waste Management Rule 2021 prohibits 20 identified single-use plastic items by 2022 to tackle the issue of plastic pollution. However, civil societies have raised some concerns with the new provisions. Must read: Beating… Continue reading Single-use plastic ban: Reading the fine print reveals ominous loopholes

Beating plastic pollution (On plastic waste management rules)

Source: The Hindu Relevance: Issue of Plastic waste management Synopsis: Effective implementation of New Plastic Waste Management Amendment rules offers a solution to address plastic pollution Context Central government on 12th of August notified The Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules which acknowledges the gravity of pollution caused by plastic articles of everyday use. The decisions… Continue reading Beating plastic pollution (On plastic waste management rules)

Candy sticks to earbuds: Govt bans single-use plastic from 2022

Source: Indian Express, The Hindu and PIB What is the News? The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has notified the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021.  Main Purpose of the Rules: The rules aim to prohibit the use of specific single-use plastic items which have “low utility and high littering potential” by 2022.… Continue reading Candy sticks to earbuds: Govt bans single-use plastic from 2022

A circular economy for plastic

Source: The Hindu Relevance: Dealing with plastic waste Synopsis: The Plastic pact model to address plastic pollution is now being brought to India by CII and WWF India. An analysis of the plastic waste issue and solutions offered by plastic pact model. Why plastic waste needs to be managed? A 2019 report by the Center… Continue reading A circular economy for plastic