Plastic Pollution in Great Nicobar Island

News: A survey of five beaches in the Great Nicobar islands have recorded the presence of plastics. The study was published in the journal Current Science. Facts:                Key findings of the Survey About 10 countries including India contributed to the plastic litter in the island. They were Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Myanmar,… Continue reading Plastic Pollution in Great Nicobar Island

CSIR and GAIL join hands to scale up production of diesel from Plastic waste

Union Minister for Science and Technology has inaugurated a waste plastic to diesel plant in Dehradun. The plant has been set up in CSIR- Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP) whose scientists will process waste plastics into fuel.The technology has been developed under the GAIL’s sponsorship. Using this plant,polyolefinic wastes which accounts for approximately 70% of… Continue reading CSIR and GAIL join hands to scale up production of diesel from Plastic waste

G20 agrees to tackle ocean plastic waste

At the recent G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth, held in Japan, G20 economies has adopted a new implementation framework for actions to combat marine plastic pollution. The new framework is aimed at facilitating further concrete action on marine waste, on a voluntary basis. In 2017, at G20 Hamburg… Continue reading G20 agrees to tackle ocean plastic waste

NGT forms panel to discuss plea seeking ban on plastic packaging

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has set up an expert committee to examine whether there is a need for further norms to restrict plastic packaging of food products. The newly formed committee comprises representatives of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Bureau of Indian Standards, Central Pollution Control Board and Directorate General of… Continue reading NGT forms panel to discuss plea seeking ban on plastic packaging

Malaysia to send back plastic waste to foreign nations

Malaysia has said that it will return 450 tonnes of contaminated plastic waste to the countries that shipped it, in a refusal to become a dumping ground for the world’s trash. The waste-filled containers will be shipped to Malaysia from the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia and… Continue reading Malaysia to send back plastic waste to foreign nations

180 nations agree on a new UN accord to curb export of plastic waste

Recently,1,400 representatives from around 180 countries has agreed on a new UN accord to regulate the export of plastic waste.This meeting was organized by the UN Environment Programme(UNEP) in Geneva. The Geneva meeting amended the 1989 Basel Convention on the control of hazardous wastes to include plastic waste in a legally-binding, globally-reaching framework for managing… Continue reading 180 nations agree on a new UN accord to curb export of plastic waste

Scientists track Indian Ocean’s plastic

Researchers from the University of Western Australia (UWA) have tracked ocean plastic waste in the Indian Ocean. The Indian Ocean is the world’s biggest dumping ground for plastic waste. However, where the plastic waste ends up has been a mystery. Researchers have found that the floating plastic wastes are pushed from the southern Indian Ocean… Continue reading Scientists track Indian Ocean’s plastic

Environment Ministry plugs loophole that allowed plastic waste import

The government has amended the Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Trans-boundary Movement) Rules, 2016. The rules deals with environmentally sound management of hazardous and other wastes. Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management& Trans-boundary Movement) Amendment Rules, 2019 has prohibited import of solid plastic waste to India including in Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and by Export… Continue reading Environment Ministry plugs loophole that allowed plastic waste import