Plastics have outgrown most man-made materials and have long been under environmental scrutiny. However, robust global information, particularly about their end-of-life fate, is lacking. By identifying and synthesizing dispersed data on production, use, and end-of-life management of polymer resins, synthetic fibers, and additives, we present the first global analysis of all mass-produced plastics ever manufactured. We estimate that 8300 million metric tons (Mt) as of virgin plastics have been produced to date.

Improving solid waste management is crucial for countering public health impacts of uncollected waste and environmental impacts of open dumping and burning.

Incineration-based waste-to-energy technologies have recently emerged as the preferred policy option for managing the growing problem of waste in India. These technologies require a continuous supply of waste inputs of sufficient quantity and quality—high calorific value and low moisture content—to be viable. Government and industry proponents suggest that WtE and recycling are compatible systems of managing waste while their critics disagree.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Central Zonal Bench, Bhopal) in the matter of Sunil Patel Vs M/s Bhopal Incinerator Ltd. dated 10/03/2017 regarding occupational safety of the employees of M/s Bhopal Incinerator Ltd., Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

Indian cities are expanding with the increase in population and economic activities. Identification of landfill site in such cities has become a challenging issue for the municipalities. Non-existence of proper land use plan of Urban Authorities has aggravated the situation further leading to failure in solid waste management.

National Green Tribunal (Western Zone Bench, Pune) directed Mira Bhayendar Municipal Corporation in Mumbai to deposit Rs. 20/- crores in escrow account of Divisional Commissioner within two weeks to ensure that the proposed plant to treat the municipal solid waste is commissioned and operated within next eight months as stated by the Commissioner

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Almitra H. Patel & Others VsMinistry of Health and Family Welfare & Others dated 22/12/2016 regarding steps to improve the practices presently adopted for collection, storage, transportation, disposal, treatment and recycling of Municipal Solid Waste popularly known as “garbage” generated in various cities across India.

After fighting a losing battle with the growing tide of municipal waste, the Ministry of Environment and Forests has notified the new Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 with clear responsibilities assigned to various classes of consumers.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of SND Public School Vs. State of Haryana & Ors. dated 10/03/2016 regarding dumping and burning of municipal solid waste near SND Public School, Palwal District, Haryana. Counsel appearing for the Respondents (State of Haryana & Others) submits that they would identify the proper dumping site and would dump the municipal solid waste in accordance with law and ensure that there is no Environmental degradation resulting therefrom.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Kamal Kishore Vs. U.O.I. & Ors. dated 11/01/2016 regarding air, water and noise pollution created by unauthorized and illegal industries run in non-conforming residential areas at Mandoli, Delhi lying within in the limits of East Delhi Municipal Corporation.

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