Recycling targets for plastic waste; PPP mode for recycling

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Center announces recycling targets for plastic waste

The Ministry of the Environment has released draft rules that require producers of plastic packaging materials to collect all of their products by 2024 and ensure that a minimum percentage of them are recycled and used in a safe environment. subsequent supply. He also specified a system whereby manufacturers and users of plastic packaging can collect certificates – called extended producer responsibility (EPR) certificates – and redeem them. The notification is expected to go into effect by December 6 and, as of now, is open for public comment.

Plastic packaging, according to the rules made public on October 6, fall into three categories: the first is “rigid” plastic; the second is “flexible single-layer or multi-layer plastic packaging, plastic sheets and plastic sheet lids, transport bags (including compostable plastic transport bags), plastic bags or sachets; and the third category is called multilayer plastic packaging, which has at least one layer of plastic and at least one layer of material other than plastic. Plastic producers will be required to report to the government, via a centralized website, the amount of plastic they produce annually. Companies will need to collect at least 35% of the target by 2021-2022, 70% by 2022-2023 and 100% by 2024. There are similar targets, with slight variations, for companies that use packaging materials and import them.

Bring the plastic waste recycling model into PPP mode: Niti Aayog

Government think tank Niti Aayog and UNDP have called for the material recovery facility (MRF) to be funded and operated on a public-private model, as it ensures regulatory compliance and improves resource use. He suggested to urban local bodies in all states to adopt the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) model and implement it as a public-private partnership model for sustainable management of urban plastic waste. “The MRF model for plastic waste management (PWM) should be funded and operated under the public-private partnership model,” Niti Aayog said in a handbook on sustainable management of urban plastic waste, published jointly with the UNDP recently. The handbook suggests that India generates around 3.4 million tonnes of plastic waste per year and that around 70% of plastic packaging products are converted to plastic waste in a short period of time.

100% recycled Adidas jacket solves plastic pollution

In collaboration with Parley for the Oceans and materials science company PrimaLoft, Adidas has created a comfortable, functional and trendy hooded jacket ready to wear outdoors. It is made from 100% recycled fibers and uses dye-free technology. The jacket is made of a woven shell made with PrimaLoft insulation. The insulation is lightweight, insulating, quick-drying and breathable and still made from 100% recycled fibers. The design of the jacket itself features two-handed zip pockets, classic Adidas branding and an elastic hood. Additionally, the Terrex MyShelter is made with plastic waste that was intercepted from shores and coastal communities before it could enter the oceans. This jacket from Adidas is the start of a solution to end this problem and the company’s commitment to do its part to help rid the world of plastic waste.

ExxonMobil to build its first large-scale advanced plastic waste recycling facility

ExxonMobil plans to build its first large-scale advanced plastic waste recycling facility in Baytown, Texas, and is expected to begin operations by the end of 2022. By recycling plastic waste into raw materials that can be used for manufacturing plastic and other valuable products, the technology could help address the challenge of plastic waste in the environment. A smaller temporary facility is already operational producing commercial volumes of certified circular polymers which will be marketed by the end of this year to meet growing demand. The new facility follows the validation of ExxonMobil’s initial trial of its proprietary process for converting plastic waste into raw materials. To date, the trial has successfully recycled over 1,000 metric tonnes of plastic waste, the equivalent of 200 million bags of groceries, and has demonstrated the ability to process 50 metric tonnes per day.

British startup turns plastic waste into wax

The innovation of a British startup to fight against plastic pollution by breaking down the material into a wax digested by nature is making its way in Asia. Polymateria, which has a lab on the Imperial College London campus, has an agreement with a supplier of 7-Eleven in Taiwan. The company also signed an agreement worth up to $ 100 million to license its technology to Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics, one of the world’s largest petrochemical manufacturers. Godrej Consumer Products in India will also start using Polymateria’s packaging from the end of the year, he said. The startup also has licensing agreements with other plastic producers in the Philippines and Malaysia. The company claims it is the first to come up with a fully biodegradable solution that leaves no microplastics behind and requires no special equipment for its manufacture or biodegradation. Still, the technology is not without controversy, with some scientists calling for an approach based on reducing the use of plastics and recycling instead.

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