Study Sheds Light on Scope of Pollution in India

A study conducted by the Central Pollution Control Board of Ahmadabad, India during the year 2010-11 has given the Minister of State for Environment and Forests disturbing data upon which to base further political action. The study, which took survey of plastic trash data across 60 cities, concluded that the total figure representing India's plastic waste in just one day amounts to 15,342. 46 tons. Out of this overwhelming sum, 9,205 tons are gathered and recycled, and 6,137 tons remain uncollected.

India Fights Plastic Waste 'Time Bomb'

A grim headline from the Times of India reports that India's Supreme Court has emphasized that the country is a "plastic time bomb" due to the sheer volume of plastic it disposes of on a daily basis, with Delhi alone producing 689.5 tonnes of plastic refuse per day. According to the article's writer, Dhananjay Mahapatra, the amount of plastic discarded daily in India is even more shocking. Piles of plastic dot the landscape in the form of permanent mountains which never biodegrade and build up as the country produces more and more waste. He writes:

Notices Issued on Plea Against Delhi's Blanket Ban on Plastic Bags

An article from the Hindu yesterday states that Delhi's new ban on the production of plastic packaging, set to take effect on November 22nd, has drawn the attention of plastic bag advocates who have submitted a petition against the government's mandate. The article states that the reason given for petitioning against the ban was that shutting down plastic bag production would cut a number of jobs, leaving people in search of new work.  The Hindu reports:

Delhi, India's New Plastic Bag Ban Carries Stiff Penalties

An article posted yesterday on the Environment News Service reports that India's capital city has passed new, strict regulations that make selling, storing, and manufacturing plastic bags an offense that could cost quite a bit. While a court order existed as of 2009 which theoretically banned plastic bags, the ambiguous nature of the legislation prevented action from being effectively taken. The ENS Newswire article reports:

Retailers in India Pleased With Plastic Bag Tax

Retailers in Hyderabad, India, have been very pleased with a recent tax placed on plastic bags. An article on The Times of India reports that the tax, while initially established to support solid waste management efforts by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), is often ambiguously allocated, and frequently pocketed by retailers instead. The article suggests that plastic carrier bags are being priced deliberately at higher rates than they are worth, allowing stores to profit from the extra revenue.

India Creates Hologram for Plastic Bags

India's most recent effort to enforce a plastic bag ban has begun to come into effect according to writer Shainu Mohan of the Deccan Chronicle. According to the article, a new hologram is being put on plastic bags to enable law enforcers to ensure bags are not being distributed for free. The hologram will denote bags that have been approved for use, and offenders will be fined for distributing bags free of charge.

For Many in India, Landfill is a Livelihood and a Home

In a shocking story from the Los Angeles Times today, Mark Magnier reports on what is referred to as the "Trash Mountain" of India, the 70 acre landfill of Ghazipur, New Dehli -- a place in which poor "rag pickers" live and scavenge for garbage which they can use to make a living. According to Magnier,

Chandigarh (India) Bag Ban

As of October 2008, the city of Chandigarh, India banned the use and sale of all polythene bags.

"The orders have strictly banned the use, storage, import, selling, transportation and disposal of polythene and plastic carry bags by any person in the city. No shopkeeper, vendor, wholesaler, retailer, trader or hawker can use polythene anymore," a senior official said of the ban.

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