Transformation Series Challenge by YES Bank

YES Bank, through partnerships with tech giants such as Microsoft, Cisco, IBM and Adobe has unveiled the 7th edition of ‘Transformation Series Challenge’. The Theme of the event is ‘tech for urban development’. The issues identified include over-utilisation of plastic and declining air quality in cities. Rana Kapoor is Managing Director and Chief Executive of YES Bank.

UP banned plastic bags

UP government has banned the use of polythene bags and other commonly used items of plastic from 15 July. Allahabad High Court in 2015 directed the state government to issue a notification for a complete ban on the sale of polythene. Recently in March 2018 Maharashtra government also banned the manufacture, use, sale, distribution and storage of plastic materials.

Plastic ban in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra government has imposed a ban on manufacture, use, sale, distribution and storage of all plastic materials across the state. As per the notification, violators will be fined ` 5,000 and ` 10,000 for the first and second-time offence. With this Maharashtra becomes the 18th state of the country to impose a complete ban on plastic.

Telangana banned plastic items in offices

The Telangana government directed all urban local bodies and civic municipal bodies to ban usage of single-use plastic in the offices. Use of plastic below 50 microns of thickness is already banned as per Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016. The government plans to make Hyderabad a single-use plastic-free city by 2022.

Global efforts to address plastic pollution

The United Nations Environment unveiled its report on the state of plastic pollution in 2018. The report, titled “Single-use Plastics: A roadmap for Sustainability”, was developed in cooperation with the Centre and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The report was launched on the occasion of World Environment Day.

World Environment Day 2018

World Environment Day is the UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. World Environment Day is the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of the Earth. The theme for the World Environment Day 2018 is “Beat Plastic Pollution”. Every World Environment Day has a different global host country. This year it is India.

TN to ban on disposable plastic from 2019

Tamil Nadu government announced a ban on manufacture, sales, storage and usage of disposable plastic across State with effective from January 1, 2019. However, the ban excludes using disposable plastic for packaging milk, curd, oil and medical utilities. The ban was primarily on plastic carry bags, plastic plates, plastic cups, plastic flags, small plastic sachets used in packaging water.

Taj Declaration to Beat Plastic Pollution

A ‘Taj Declaration to Beat Plastic Pollution’ was adopted. Efforts would be made to make the 500-metre area around the 17th-century monument litter-free. Steps would also be taken to phase out single-use plastic there. Minister of State for Environment Mahesh Sharma said India and the whole world was grappling with pollution due to plastics.

Tripura govt to phase out plastic carry bags

The Tripura government has set August 15 as the deadline to phase out plastic carry bags. The government, as part of the ‘Himalayan Cleanup’ programme, urged people to replace their plastic bags with biodegradable ones. The Himalayan Cleanup campaign has been launched by a Delhi-based organization in 12 mountain states in the country to end plastic pollution in the hilly areas.

Centre launches clean-up drive for beaches

The Union Environment Ministry has launched a drive aimed at cleaning 24 beaches and water bodies as well as 24 polluted river stretches in the run-up to the World Environment Day on June 5. The theme of the World Environment Day, to be hosted by India this year, is ‘Beat plastic pollution’. The Ministry has formed 19 teams to implement the campaign.