India currently generates 62 million tonnes of waste annually. This is estimated to rise to 165 million tonnes by 2030, and 450 million tonnes by 2050.
Only 22-28% of the waste collected is processed or treated.
Per capita waste generation rate in Indian cities ranges between 200 and 870gm per day. In Tamil Nadu it is 10kg per annum.
Chennai generates over 5,000 tonnes of garbage per day, of which plastic waste accounts for 400 tonnes.
15 lakh tonnes of plastic waste is generated annually in Tamil Nadu, of which 6 lakh tonnes is recycled for domestic consumption and around 9 lakh tonnes is exported as chips and granules.
Tamil Nadu has 8,000 registered and 10,000 unregistered plastic units providing employment to 2 lakh people directly and 4 lakh indirectly.
The annual turnover of the plastic recycling industry is ` 2,000 cr.