Bengaluru to get India’s first e-waste plant

The country’s first e-waste recycling unit will come up in Bengaluru, Union minister of chemicals and fertilisers Ananth Kumar said. A 2016 study by Assocham and KPMG ranked India among the top five countries in e-waste generation. The e-waste recycling unit will be set up by the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET).

7th India Mineral & Metals forum in New Delhi

7th India Minerals and Metals forum was inaugurated in New Delhi. The forum seeks to come up with solutions to leverage in the mining sector with the changing global scenario. The focus was on utilizing low grade minerals to reduce burden on high end minerals. The concerns on metal recycling was also looked upon and exploration of deep seated minerals was also expressed.

India among top 5 in e-waste generation

5 : India is among the top five e-waste generating countries in the world besides China, the US, Japan and Germany, according to a report. Among states, Maharashtra contributes the largest e-waste of 19.8% but recycles only about 47,810 tonne per annum (TPA), the report released by Assocham and NEC. Tamil Nadu with e-waste contribution of 13% recycled about 52,427 TPA.

Plastic Park in Jharkhand approved

The Government of India has approved the setting up of a ‘Plastic Park’ in Deoghar District in Jharkhand. A range of polymer products including woven sacks, moulded furniture, water tanks, bottles, pipes mosquito nets, etc would be manufactured in this plastic park. A plastic recycling unit will also be set up at Deoghar to tackle the menace of plastic waste.

Global Recycling Day

To promote action on recycling, recycling associations across the globe are observing the first Global Recycling Day on 18th March. By 2025, India‘s waste management sector is expected to be worth US$13.62 billion with an annual growth rate of 7.17 percent. Polyethylene Terephthalate is a food grade plastic which is used for food and pharma packaging has the highest rate of recycling.