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QR Code Based Garbage Collection Begins at Mangaluru Smart City

20/10/2020

The Mangaluru Smart City Limited (MSCL) has begun implementation of its QR code-based Solid Waste Management System, which will cover all the 60 wards of Mangaluru, in a phased manner. The first phase will cover 88,000 houses; so far 5,000 houses have been installed with the QR codes and rest are expected to be completed by the end of November. Mangaluru will be one of the first smart cities in Karnataka to go live. The smart garbage collection system will help the City Corporation track the movement of the garbage vehicles, monitor the status of the garbage collection, provide provisions for the public to record complaints about garbage collection. QR code installed at houses can also be extended for other public services such as payment of electricity bills, property tax, and phone bills, among others.

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Youngsters establish Garbage Bank for Waste Management in Virudhunagar

Jun 21, 2022

A group of youngsters in Virudhunagar District of Tamil Nadu have established a ‘Garbage Bank’ focused on educating people about waste segregation, upcycling and recycling with the slogan “No More Dumpyards”. In last 2 years, they have held over 130 awareness and educational sessions on waste management for students, teachers, homemakers and the general public. Over 500 families have made waste segregation a regular practice and 43,367 kg of waste has been collected and recycled. The garbage bank pays 6 rupees per kilo for the garbage they receive reinforcing people’s interest to manage their waste. The group is a record holder and has twice registered its name in the Guinness Book of world records for having the largest lesson on recycling with 17,303 students and for recycling the highest number of plastic bags (2,37,900) within eight hours.

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Re Sustainability Announces Mega Fund for Best Waste Management and Recycling Ideas

Jun 21, 2022

Re Sustainability Limited, Asia’s leading provider of comprehensive environment management services, has announced a mega Innovation Fund for the best waste management, recycling and circular economy ideas that have the potential to bring about transformative change. The initiative seeks entries from around the world on innovative ideas, technologies, concepts or business models that can create sustainable impact at scale. Initial entries, in the form of a brief description of the idea, its impact potential and scalability, have to be mailed to innovation@resustainability.com on or before 05 July 2022. The relevant innovation themes include Waste Segregation & Treatment Technologies, Recycling & Resource Recovery Technologies, Social Inclusion & Community Engagement towards Circular Economy, Fuels and Energy from Waste and New Circular Economy and Decarbonization Business Models. The selected ideas will receive financial support up to INR 5 crores and a customized incubation program.

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NH Studioz to make a film on India's 'Recycle Man' Binish Desai and his work

Jun 21, 2022

Production house NH Studioz announced that it has officially secured the rights for a motion picture on the life and achievements of environmentalist Binish Desai, popularly known as the ‘Recycle Man’ of India. The yet-to-be-titled film will be an expansive biopic on Desai that begins with his childhood and progresses to his experiences as a young environmentalist. Desai is an innovator and a social entrepreneur working on industrial waste recycling and management since the young age of 11. A Padma Shri nominee, Desai is known as ‘Waste Warrior’ and ‘Recycle Man of India’ for his work in recycling more than 700 tonnes of industrial waste. The film on Desai will aim to promote sustainability with a carbon-negative approach throughout its making, the makers said.

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P&G Health collabs with Lakshya and Recycle India for sustainable pharmacy waste management

Jun 21, 2022

Procter & Gamble Health (P&G), has partnered with Lakshya and Recycle India Foundation for sustainable pharmacy waste segregation and management project as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) program ‘SEHAT’. The initiative aims to promote sustainable healthcare practices through an on-ground awareness campaign for pharmacy owners and their staff on appropriate methods of segregating waste materials such as plastic, paper, glass, and biomedical trash including unused or expired medications and supplies, syringes, masks, and disinfectants. During the pilot program, pharmacies will collect the waste materials generated at their respective establishments, segregate them in designated colour-coded dustbins and then this material will be collected periodically and recycled by Recycle India Foundation. Material that cannot be recycled will be disposed of responsibly.

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WB State to come up with an integrated e-waste management facility at Sonarpur

Jun 21, 2022

The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) is coming up with an integrated e-waste management facility at Sonarpur in South 24-Parganas with this waste posing a major challenge amidst increasing dependency on technology. The Board is planning to formalise the non-formal sector for effective management and handling of e-waste. In markets like Chandni Chowk in central Kolkata or Mograhat in South 24 -Parganas where electronic products are brought for repair, exchange etc. awareness among associations of these markets will be carried out for making them aware of the concept management of e-waste including collection, dismantling and recycling for effective management.

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Centre issues advisory to states, UTs to phase out single-use plastic by 30 June, impose ban from 1 July

Jun 21, 2022

The Centre has issued an advisory to states and union territories to phase out single-use plastic and contribute to improving the environment under the overarching mandate of "Clean and Green”. While 2,591 urban local bodies (ULBs) out of 4,704 have already reported notification of the single-use plastic ban, states and UTs will need to ensure that the remaining 2,100-plus ULBs notify the same by June 30, 2022. States and UTs have been asked to take up a range of activities to make the country free of single-use plastic (SUP) including large-scale cleaning and 'plogging' drives with special emphasis on plastic waste collection, as well as large-scale tree plantation drives with participation of all citizens students, voluntary organisations, self-help groups, local NGOs/CSOs, NSS and NCC cadets, RWAs, market associations and corporate entities among others.

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Govt pushes for Swachh Teerth, issues advisory on cleanliness to Uttarakhand, J-K, Odisha

Jun 21, 2022

The Centre has asked Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Odisha governments to take urgent steps to ensure that the ongoing Kedarnath Yatra and upcoming Amarnath Yatra and Rath Yatra are conducted in a manner to ensure high levels of cleanliness. The communication from MoHUA specifies various initiatives to be taken for sanitation and waste management including providing sufficient numbers of public toilets for both men and women throughout the approach roads to the shrines and ensuring their cleanliness, all eateries along the routes are sensitized about garbage collection, in-situ processing of the food waste through waste to compost/ waste to bio-gas units, usage of bio-degradable cutlery and bags, Placing of litter bins and restriction on carrying and usage of plastics and Single-Use Plastics (SUPs).

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Mother Dairy aims to turn plastic waste neutral by FY24

Jun 21, 2022

Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt. Ltd. has pledged to become ‘Plastic Waste Neutral Company’ by FY2023-24 by aiming to recycle, and co-process more than 7,000 MT of post-consumer used plastic waste by end of FY2022-23. The company began its plastic waste collection and recycling/co-processing initiative in Maharashtra in FY2018-19 under the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program and scaled up the initiative on a pan-India level for Multi-Layered Plastic Waste (MLP) in FY2019-20. The Company, through its associated partners, has collected and co-processed/recycled around 8,164 MT of post-consumer used plastic waste (5,318 MT of Single Layered Plastic Waste and 2,846 MT of Multi-Layered Plastic Waste) from June 2018 to March 2022.

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Attero to invest $1 bn by 2027, to expand operations in US, Europe, Indonesia

Jun 2, 2022

Noida-headquartered Attero is expanding its footprint globally by expanding operations in Europe, US and Indonesian markets. With an investment of $1 billion in the next five years, the company plans to recycle 3,00,000 metric tonnes (MT) of Lithium-Ion battery waste per year by 2027 across all its facilities including India, of which over 50,000 MT per annum will be in India. Part of this funding will come from internal accruals, a part from external debt, and part from equity. In the first phase, Attero will invest $500 million to scale its Lithium-Ion battery recycling capacity to 1,50,000 MT by 2025, by setting up facilities and employing its patented recycling technology. The European facility will be functional by the fourth quarter of 2022, while the US facility will be up and running by the third quarter of 2023.

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IIT Madras develops first-of-its-kind ‘Rotary Furnace’ for incineration

Jun 2, 2022

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) developed an indigenous municipal solid waste combustor pilot plant based on a first-of-its-kind ‘Rotary Furnace Technology’ to efficiently process the un-segregated municipal solid waste generated in India. This Combustor Plant was inaugurated by V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, and was deployed within the Combined Cycle Demonstration Plant premises at the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited factory at Trichy. This facility can process up to one tonne of un-segregated municipal solid waste (MSW) per day and generate steam as the main output along with clean gaseous emissions and ash as a by-product. This initiative was part of the Ucchatar Avishkaar Yojana (UAY) project funded by BHEL and the Union Ministry of Education. It was developed by IIT Madras Researchers at National Centre for Combustion Research and Development (NCCRD).

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CropLife India Spearheads Discussion on the Roadmap for Sustainable Management of Empty Pesticide Containers in India

Jun 2, 2022

CropLife India, an association of 16 R&D driven crop science companies, and the leading voice of the plant science industry in India, organized an International Symposium on Empty Pesticide Containers (EPC) Management in India - Roadmap for Sustainable Management of Empty Pesticide Containers. The virtual meet was attended by delegates from across the world including Asia, Europe, and Africa. A Discussion Paper - Roadmap for Sustainable Management of Empty Pesticide Containers was released during the symposium. As per the study conducted by the All-India Network Project on Pesticide Residues, Indian Agricultural Research Institute; used pesticide containers should be rinsed three times thus making them safe to dispose and recycle in the country. The study results can be considered to support re-classification of triple rinsed empty pesticide containers in India as non-hazardous.

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India's New E-Waste Rules Could Require Businesses to Recycle 80% by 2025

Jun 2, 2022

The Environment Ministry released its Draft E-waste Management Rules which set standards for businesses for recycling electronic waste. The draft rules have been floated for public comments and may come into effect later this year. The rules introduce a system of tradable certificates similar to the internationally-traded carbon credits. Electronics manufacturers and any businesses that generate e-waste will have to ensure at least 60 percent of their electronic waste is collected and recycled by 2023. This will increase to 70 percent by 2024 and 80 percent by 2025. Violators will have to pay a fine called "environment compensation" which would be refunded in part depending on how late the offenders meet their targets. A wide range of consumer electronics, telecom equipment, medical equipment and electronic tools have been specified in the rules

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