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Plastics problem

We may finally be seeing some balance in the debate on plastic bags and pollution. Rather than being swayed by NGOs to introduce a blanket ban on plastic bags, Jairam Ramesh, the new environment minister, is pushing for greater recycling, better waste management and the use of biodegradable plastics. Scenes such as the one below […]

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Adding value to waste

A new technology that converts plastic waste to fuel has impressed sections of the Indian government but extensive support will be needed for it to be commercialised. The technology, developed by Unique Plastic Waste Management & Research, allows fuel to be generated from plastic waste by rapid de-polymerisation of carbon chain using proprietary catalysts. More […]

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EU FTA hurdle

The EU has included many chemicals, petrochemicals and plastics in the negative list that is part of the FTA discussions. Products on the list would not get any duty concessions. The move is a major obstacle for Indian companies eyeing the European market for future growth. But it is early days yet as discussions on […]

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Anyone for plastics paradise?

In its quest for value addition, Saudi Arabia is aggressively marketing itself as an investment destination for the plastics industry. And processors from India are being wooed to set up shop in the Kingdom. A delegation of Indian processors, just back from a visit, appeared impressed at what was on offer. The opportunities were discussed […]

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Toying with trouble

India these days is not too slow to catch up with the rest of the world. The toy recall by US-based Mattel has prompted a Mumbai-based Consumer Welfare Association to file a public interest litigation asking for the ban on the manufacture, import and sale of all kinds of toxic toys. The petitioner has also […]

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