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Impoverished Sri Lankans salvage wreckage washed off to the shore from the burning Singaporean ship MV X-Press Pearl which is anchored off Colombo port at Kapungoda, outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka.(AP)

Ship burns as Lanka facing worst beach pollution in its history

AFP | , Negombo, Sri Lanka
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2021 05:54 AM IST
  • Sri Lanka's Marine Protection Authority (MEPA) said the microplastic pollution could cause years of ecological damage to the Indian Ocean island.
EPR (Under Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016) puts the onus on the manufacturers for the treatment, recycling, reuse or disposal of products after a consumer has used and disposed them.(PTI)
EPR (Under Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016) puts the onus on the manufacturers for the treatment, recycling, reuse or disposal of products after a consumer has used and disposed them.(PTI)

NGT directs govt to finalise EPR regime within 3 months

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 12:59 PM IST
The NGT said that state level authorities also need to take necessary effective steps for enforcement, including coercive measures.
As per the brand audit conducted this year in October, multi-layered plastics used in food packaging was the most common type of plastic forming 44 per cent of the total plastic waste(HT PHOTO)
As per the brand audit conducted this year in October, multi-layered plastics used in food packaging was the most common type of plastic forming 44 per cent of the total plastic waste(HT PHOTO)

Multi-layered plastics form 44% of total plastic waste in city: Swach audit

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Namrata Devikar
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 05:44 PM IST
The audit was a part of a global initiative by Break Free From Plastic to identify producers of plastic waste
Volunteers segregate waste during a clean-up drive at Indrunag near Dharamshala.(HT Photo)
Volunteers segregate waste during a clean-up drive at Indrunag near Dharamshala.(HT Photo)

Himachal’s buyback policy for plastic yields positive result

Hindustan Times/Dharamshala | By Naresh K Thakur, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 12:44 AM IST
A year on, Dharamshala MC collects 20 tonnes of single-use non-recyclable plastic waste under scheme of which 13 tonnes have been used by Solan cement plant as fuel
Representational image.(Unsplash)
Representational image.(Unsplash)

Over 2,500 student groups, RWAs make eco-bricks under ‘Why Waste’ campaign

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari
PUBLISHED ON OCT 04, 2020 08:31 AM IST
The “Why Waste” campaign, launched on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti by non-profit organisation United Way Delhi and its corporate partners, aims at reducing and reusing plastic and upcycling the non-biodegradable plastic waste generated at home and communities.
Environment Ministry suggests different models for re-using plastic pens(Twitter/pinklizardpromo)
Environment Ministry suggests different models for re-using plastic pens(Twitter/pinklizardpromo)

Environment Ministry suggests ‘buy back’ and other models for re-using plastic pens

New Delhi [India] | By Asian News International | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 02:30 PM IST
Instead of disposing plastic pens when they are no longer useful for consumers, Environment Ministry suggests different models for re-using them
Instead of a no-ban on SUPs, the least the Centre could have done was ban six SUPs — plastic bags, cups, plates, small bottles, straws, and certain types of sachets — and then others in a phased manner.(Getty Images)
Instead of a no-ban on SUPs, the least the Centre could have done was ban six SUPs — plastic bags, cups, plates, small bottles, straws, and certain types of sachets — and then others in a phased manner.(Getty Images)

Plastic will choke India in the long run. Tackle it | Analysis

Hindustan Times | By KumKum Dasgupta
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2019 04:54 PM IST
What is most troubling is not the plastic challenge in cities because they would still have the first access to information, technology, funds, and expertise to tackle the problem. The real challenge lies in smaller towns and kasbahs
A Noida authority official said the authority will use eight tonnes of plastic waste in construction of two lanes of the said stretch.(Sunil Ghosh / HT Photo)
A Noida authority official said the authority will use eight tonnes of plastic waste in construction of two lanes of the said stretch.(Sunil Ghosh / HT Photo)

Noida starts building 2.5-km link road to Delhi using plastic waste

Hindustan Times, Noida | By Vinod Rajput
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 12:53 PM IST
According to an official, the Noida authority will reuse plastic waste in road construction and try to set up a plant to generate shredded plastic for construction use in near future.
Stone paintings with awareness messages painted on them were given out as gifts at the exhibition.(praful gangurde/HT)
Stone paintings with awareness messages painted on them were given out as gifts at the exhibition.(praful gangurde/HT)

Waste not, litter not: Thane youths make tunnel with 18,000 plastic bottles

Thane | By Ankita G Menon, Thane
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2019 01:33 AM IST
All those who provided more than 2kg of plastic received gifts — stones with awareness messages painted on them by youngsters.
White Beetles might be tiny in their size but their structure could hold the key to making bright-white sustainable paint.(Unsplash)
White Beetles might be tiny in their size but their structure could hold the key to making bright-white sustainable paint.(Unsplash)

A sustainable white paint with lower carbon footprint

Washington D.C. [USA] | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2019 05:00 PM IST
A new study published in the journal ‘Nature Communications Chemistry’ has discovered that the structure of ultra-white beetle’s scales could be used in the making of bright-white sustainable paint using recycled plastic waste.
The chain estimates the move will prevent about 500 million tiny bottles from going to landfills, a 30 percent annual reduction from current amenity plastic usage.(AFP)
The chain estimates the move will prevent about 500 million tiny bottles from going to landfills, a 30 percent annual reduction from current amenity plastic usage.(AFP)

Marriott hotels ditching small plastic toiletry bottles

Washington | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2019 01:15 PM IST
These will be removed by staff when they run low and sent for recycling -- though in reality many US municipalities currently send much of the plastic marked for recycling to landfills or incinerators.
Prashant Lingam and his wife Aruna have decade-long experience in designing houses.(Twitter/@ANI)
Prashant Lingam and his wife Aruna have decade-long experience in designing houses.(Twitter/@ANI)

Hyderabad couple uses recycled plastic waste for building houses

Hyderabad | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2019 02:02 PM IST
The first house they built in Hyderabad’s Uppal was of about 800 square feet.
More than three years after the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, came into effect, Delhi’s civic bodies have drafted bylaws for implementation of the rules in the national capital.(Reuters File Photo)
More than three years after the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, came into effect, Delhi’s civic bodies have drafted bylaws for implementation of the rules in the national capital.(Reuters File Photo)

Three years after plastic waste rules were made, Delhi civic bodies draft bylaws

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 17, 2019 06:30 AM IST
Even though Delhi generates around 10,500 metric tonnes of solid waste and 3,900 metric tonnes of construction and demolition waste, there is hardly any information on the quantum of plastic waste generated.
Plastic bottles floating in the sea(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Plastic bottles floating in the sea(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A First: E.Timor to Recycle All Plastic Waste

By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 04, 2019 02:51 PM IST
In a region where seas are awash with trash, East Timor is set to become the world’s first country to recycle all its plastic waste after it teamed up with Australian researchers recently to build a revolutionary recycling plant.
Alongside ditching plastic, restaurants have also made sure proper waste disposal is done.(Unsplash)
Alongside ditching plastic, restaurants have also made sure proper waste disposal is done.(Unsplash)

Eateries wage war against plastic, say yes to green cutlery

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Prerna Gauba Sibbal
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2019 09:42 AM IST
Many restaurants and hotels in the city are replacing plastic straws with more sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives.
In the last six months , the humble carry bag has been at the centre of an intense legal battle between consumers and retailers over the fundamental question of whether retailers can charge for carry bags that are basically a medium of advertisement for the brand.(Bloomberg)
In the last six months , the humble carry bag has been at the centre of an intense legal battle between consumers and retailers over the fundamental question of whether retailers can charge for carry bags that are basically a medium of advertisement for the brand.(Bloomberg)

Are retailers allowed to charge for carry bags?

New Delhi | By Pushpa Girimaji
PUBLISHED ON APR 28, 2019 04:01 AM IST
Ironically, the root of this practice lies in the Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011, brought out by the union ministry of environment and Forests, to provide for a regulatory frame work for management of plastic waste generated in the country.
Pradeep Sangwan, a 33-year-old mountaineer from Gurugram has been on a journey of cleaning Himalayan trek routes since 2016. He has collected more than 5,00,000 kilos of plastic from our pristine mountains.(Gokul VS/HT)
Pradeep Sangwan, a 33-year-old mountaineer from Gurugram has been on a journey of cleaning Himalayan trek routes since 2016. He has collected more than 5,00,000 kilos of plastic from our pristine mountains.(Gokul VS/HT)

This Gurugram mountaineer is cleaning and healing Himalayas

Hindustan Times | By Naina Arora, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2019 04:11 PM IST
33-year-old Pradeep Sangwan is healing the Himalayas one trek at a time through cleanliness drives.
Wakatobi: In this undated photo released by Akademi Komunitas Kelautan dan Perikanan Wakatobi (Wakatobi Marine and Fisheries Community Academy or AKKP Wakatobi), researchers remove plastic waste from the stomach of a beached whale at Wakatobi National Park in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. The dead whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia had a large lump of plastic waste in its stomach, including drinking cups and flip-flops, a park official said Tuesday, causing concern among environmentalists and government officials in one of the world's largest plastic polluting countries. AP/PTI(AP11_20_2018_000241B)(AP)
Wakatobi: In this undated photo released by Akademi Komunitas Kelautan dan Perikanan Wakatobi (Wakatobi Marine and Fisheries Community Academy or AKKP Wakatobi), researchers remove plastic waste from the stomach of a beached whale at Wakatobi National Park in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. The dead whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia had a large lump of plastic waste in its stomach, including drinking cups and flip-flops, a park official said Tuesday, causing concern among environmentalists and government officials in one of the world's largest plastic polluting countries. AP/PTI(AP11_20_2018_000241B)(AP)

Dead whale in Indonesia had 115 plastic cups, 2 flip-flops in its stomach

Jakarta (Indonesia) | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2018 10:19 AM IST
Rescuers from Wakatobi National Park found the rotting carcass of the 9.5-meter (31-foot) sperm whale late Monday near the park in Southeast Sulawesi province after hearing that villagers were beginning to butcher the rotting carcass, park chief Heri Santoso said.
The initiative was launched as a pilot scheme in November last year in collaboration with a non-government organisation Indian Pollution Control Association (IPCA) in order to ensure “scientific management and disposal of plastic waste”.(AFP/Picture for representation)
The initiative was launched as a pilot scheme in November last year in collaboration with a non-government organisation Indian Pollution Control Association (IPCA) in order to ensure “scientific management and disposal of plastic waste”.(AFP/Picture for representation)

365 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic collected, says East Delhi civic body

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vibha Sharma
PUBLISHED ON AUG 22, 2018 03:13 AM IST
The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) said it has collected 364.8 metric tonne of non-recyclable multi-layered plastic such as tobacco sachets and chips wrappers, which can’t be recycled, as part of a targeted collection drive in the last nine months.
A shopper looks at a shelf of vegetables wrapped in plastics at a grocery store in Bangkok. There are more than eight billion tons of plastic littering the planet – the lion's share of which is not recyclable – and plastic production is expected to double in the next two decades according to a study in the journal PLOS ONE.(AFP)
A shopper looks at a shelf of vegetables wrapped in plastics at a grocery store in Bangkok. There are more than eight billion tons of plastic littering the planet – the lion's share of which is not recyclable – and plastic production is expected to double in the next two decades according to a study in the journal PLOS ONE.(AFP)

Thailand to ban imports of high-tech trash, plastic waste

Bangkok | By Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2018 02:35 PM IST
Environmentalists say waste once destined for China is being re-routed to Southeast Asia, and new laws are needed or existing laws better enforced to prevent illegal imports.
(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Maharashtra govt makes it compulsory to use plastic waste to lay roads

Hindustan Times | By Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2018 12:15 PM IST
The PWD will use the non-biodegradable material for repairs too.
Officials said the stack of plastic waste on the 1,000 square yard plot is around seven feet high, taller than the boundary wall.(HT Photo/Pankaj Gupta)
Officials said the stack of plastic waste on the 1,000 square yard plot is around seven feet high, taller than the boundary wall.(HT Photo/Pankaj Gupta)

Firm told to clear plastic waste from Basai wetland in 24 hours

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2018 09:27 AM IST
MCG issues notice to plastic bottle manufacturer to clear the seven-foot high stack of waste on a complaint by state pollution control board.
The theme for the World Environment Day 2018 is 'Beat Plastic Pollution'. Countries are being pushed to reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastic polluting our oceans, damaging marine life and threatening human health.(PTI file photo)
The theme for the World Environment Day 2018 is 'Beat Plastic Pollution'. Countries are being pushed to reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastic polluting our oceans, damaging marine life and threatening human health.(PTI file photo)

World Environment Day 2018: In Delhi, plastic waste management rules remain on paper

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Joydeep Thakur
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2018 12:14 PM IST
On World Environment Day 2018, experts say it is the responsibility of companies to take back plastics and multilayered packaging that they introduce. Incentives can be provided for this
Plastic waste lies on the shore at Juhu Beach in Mumbai.(Prabhat Mehrotra/HT PHOTO)
Plastic waste lies on the shore at Juhu Beach in Mumbai.(Prabhat Mehrotra/HT PHOTO)

Watch out Mumbai, your plastic waste may end up on your food plate

Hindustan Times | By Snehal Fernandes, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2018 10:11 AM IST
The guts of more than a third of all edible prawns, shrimp and crabs found in the waters off Maharashtra and Gujarat’s coasts and studied by marine scientists, are choked with plastic.
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