The All India Plastics Manufacturers’ Association – popularly known as AIPMA organized a conference on Plastic Waste Management and Recycling: Value Creation from Waste on 23rd August 2019.  The event also had PRO India Recycling as a knowledge partner on board which works as a team with large set of stakeholders that include Waste pickers, Academia, Industry, and Civic bodies.

The conference focused on the current scenario of plastic waste management and its challenges, and how authoritative bodies together with the help of plastic industry can create robust solutions and framework for effective implementation of PWM rules and EPR for successful Waste Management Strategy.

The key highlights of the conference attended by  200+ Industry Participants were Interactive Sessions with Eminent Industry Experts, Best Practices, Panel Discussions, Case Studies and

Empowering Technical Sessions.  It provided unique Platform to Network and Collaborate as well as Showcase Latest Recycling Technology.

The key speakers were Mr. Arvind Mehta, Chairman – AIPMA Governing Council, Shri Jitendra Kumar, Adviser NRE – NITI Aayog, GOI, Hon’ble Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, GOI, Mr. L K Singh, Vice President (North) – The All India Plastic Manufacturers’ Association (AIPMA), who discussed topics like Plastic and Society perception, Plastic Recycling, End of life solutions from local and global context. 

In India – people generate about 300 billion pieces of plastic packaging every year, many of them are left behind in the environment and not recovered for recycling. Every year we are producing more than 8 MMT of such plastics packaging. The industry is very much aligned to Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of Swachh India and is aligned to address the problem of visible plastic pollution resulting from post-consumer littering of Single-Use Plastic.  It is an endeavor of the industry to work on innovative solutions based on the design for sustainability and recycling technologies.

“We need to encourage public-private partnership for creating plastics recycling infrastructure in the country. We should create recycling hubs near metros and provide incentives to Private Players for setting up large recycling plants to produce quality recycled plastics which can be increasingly used by Brands and other Industrial consumers.  We should also evaluate concessions in GST to make the plastic recycling industry thrive in India”, said Shri Arvind Mehta, Chairman, Governing Council.

“Plastic is wonderful material that can provide excellent resource efficiency at a relatively low carbon footprint when recycled and reused. Such a Circular Economy should be encouraged and incentivized. NITI Aayog is working with stakeholders to create a blueprint for Plastics Circularity. Many companies are embracing such concepts for their future business.   In true sense, such actions will meaningfully reduce the impact on the environment and at the same time reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. A model with an emphasis on green buying and mandatory use of recycled content in every plastics packaging is something one would like to see said Shri HitenBheda, Chairman, Environment committee.

We at AIPMA firmly believe that plastics are not bad as are being perceived today, they actually serve.  It is post-consumption littering that gives it a bad name.  Lack of awareness about the benefits of Plastics, its reusability, and waste management are the areas to be addressed. We at AIPMA are dedicatedly working towards changing this perception and create sustainability for this wonder material of the twentieth century.

About All India Plastics Manufacturers’ Association – AIPMA:

The All India Plastics Manufacturers’ Association – popularly known as AIPMA was founded by Industry visionaries 75 years ago making it the oldest and the largest Apex Body of the Indian Plastic Industry. AIPMA has pan India presence with Head Office in most prestigious, the economic capital of India i.e. Mumbai, and Zonal Offices in Gurugram, Chennai, Kolkata, and Ahmedabad.