• FIPS participated in the Brainstorming Conclave on Atmanirbhar North East through S&T Interventions during 21st & 22nd December, 2021 at Cotton University, Guwahati, Assam, organized by North East Centre for Technology Application & Reach ( NECTAR). Prof Jagdish Mukhi, Hon'ble Governor of Assam was the Chief Guest. Prof Bhavesh Ch. Goswami, Vice Chancellor, Cotton University, Guwahati, Prof. Arun Kumar Sarma, Director General, NECTAR and other dignitaries were present during the event.
  • Prof N.C. Saha, Founder Chairman, FIPS has Chaired the Technical Session on S&T Innovations to provide Livelihood Opportunities in the North East - Technology solution on Agriculture and Food Processing on 21st December, 2021, Guwahati during Brainstorming Conclave,. Mr M.K. Banerjee, Director, FIPS and Mr S. Bhattachrjee, Chief Consultant, FIPS were the speakers.
  • FIPS has also participated into TECHFAIR with a Booth to showcase the activities of FIPS at Cotton University, Guwahati during 21st & 22nd December, 2021, organized by NECTAR.
  • Mr Atul Bagai, Head of Country Office, UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM( UNEP) and Prof. Manoj K. Tiwari, Director, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING ( NITIE), Mumbai will be the "KEYNOTE " speakers.
  • Dr Radhakrishnan Pillai, Director, CHANAKYA INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF LEADERSHIP STUDIES, University of Mumbai & Author, India's Best selling book " CORPORATE CHANAKYA"  will deliver a "MOTIVATIONAL TALK" on " CHANAKYA NITI FOR BUSINESS GROWTH".
  • One Month ONLINE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM ( MODULE-3) On "  ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES IN FLEXIBLE AND RIGID PLASTIC PACKAGING" in association with All India Plastic Manufacturers Association ( AIPMA) will be organized during 24th February, 2022 to 25th March, 2022.
  • Virtual Conference on " PLASTICS PACKAGING WASTE MANAGEMENT: SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTION ( PART-2)- Deriving Value from Post- Consumer Multilayer Packaging ( MLP) Waste was organised in association with M.G.University, Kottyam, Kerala on 21st October, 2021 at 3 PM.
  • On-Line Short term during ( 40 hours) Certificate Program on " Innovative Packaging and Sustainability", Organized by Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences, University of Delhi with FIPS as Knowledge Partner. The course was held on 26th July to 28th September, 2021.
  • Virtual Conference on " Pathways to a Profitable Recycling Enterprise" ( Part-1) under the series conference on " Plastic Packaging waste Management" was held on 29th July,2021. Mr R. R.Rashmi, Rtd IAS, Former Chief Secretary, Manipur & Distinguished Fellow, TERI was the Chief Guest.
  • FIPS in association with Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC), Govt of India will organize Virtual Conference on  "Patient friendly Packaging for Pharmaceuticals"  on 2nd August, 2021 at 3 PM. Dr Rajeev Singh Raghuvanshi, Secretary cum Scientific Director, IPC was the Chief Guest to inaugurate this conference.

Material Recycling the voice of India Recycling Industry Oct-Nov-2019


The plastic industry has come a long way in the past 25 years. It deserves due recognition and “recycling” could possibly be an avenue for its survival, believes Deepak Mehta of leading supplier of recycling technologies, Leevams Incorporated.

The continued growth of the Indian economy with 1.3 billion inhabitants, change in lifestyle, consumer behavioural pattern and convenience-oriented uses have enhanced the demand for plastic products many folds. Of course, this has invited risk of environmental pollution, with lack of waste management practices. At times, the danger goes beyond the limits: with the plastic waste originating in the city or town resting on the barren lands while the countryside plastic waste getting introduced in the oceans via rivers and coasts, thus seriously harming the environment. A precondition for protecting or safeguarding the environment with sustainable growth is to create effective and efficient recycling systems for the used plastic products, commonly known as post-consumer waste. The challenge we all are facing is the growing amount of plastic waste with the ever-rising consumption pattern. No wonder, why it has posed a serious
environmental issue catching the attention of court, government & NGOs. Major reservation is towards the plastic waste which is not biodegradable! In fact, such plastic waste should be processed and re-used, realizing it as a valuable resource.

The growing global concern towards the environment, amongst the developed countries as well as the emerging countries, offer immense opportunities to share diverse and extensive experience in building appropriate, well-proven and economically viable recycling solutions for the plastic waste.

It is heartening to see the new plastic waste management rules 2016, amended in 2018, bringing the political will, legal framework for collection, disposal and execution, requisite information on plastics waste that needs immediate addressal as well as involved actors and stakeholders to comply with the EPR and CSR responsibilities. As the system sets its pace, a lot more clarity, understanding and streamlining would follow in the coming years, bringing India too in line with global practices. Rightly so, improvement in waste management practices is a continuous process.

A big fear or threat amongst the plastic fraternity is, if the targets are not met, the public or the government or NGOs could choose not use plastics and may come out with a solution that the industry likes the least!

Optimistically speaking, such a thrust has given the plastic industry a huge opportunity to shape their own future. Circular economy is going to be the zing thing; a buzz word in the field of plastics. An era to demonstrate, plastics can be circular by its economical reuse in production, replacing the virgin feedstock. It is going to be a game-changer; a paradigm shift in the mindset of the industry.

If taken in a positive stride, the results ought to show a strong demand from the plastic processors and converters for producing good quality recyclates. While the recycling of inhouse and industrial waste is fairly developed, very soon we will see a considerable potential in the recycling of post-consumer waste too.

If we recall, a decade or two ago no rag pickers or kabadiwalas was interested in collecting PET bottles, purely because they found no resale value for it. Today, special attention is given to PET amongst the post-consumer plastic waste recycling segment. PET bottles have become the most valuable stream fetching around Rs. 50/- per kg. Going by the recent announcement of PACE, about 90 percent of the collected PET is recycled in India. Due to legal restrictions, currently there is no bottle-to-bottle recycling, but soon India too would follow suit, like any other advanced country. Till then, majority of the material would continue to be converted into fibers, yarns and filaments.

Though the recycling of post-consumer plastic wastes from other applications are majorly in the domain of unorganized sector and playing a minor role, but it is a matter of time when we will see professional recycling practices being followed just like PET. One would agree, to qualify EPR, approach towards recycling of plastic waste ought to be different – far more advanced to meet the emerging quality standards for reuse of recycled granules or pellets.

Respecting the type, kind and commingled nature of Indian post-consumer waste, especially the recyclables originating from MSW or household waste, the very first step would be proper sorting, segregation and separation of all the major fractions.

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