Tired of sin­gle-use plas­tic? Two plants planned for safe dis­posal NDMC, East Corpn Will Build Fa­cil­i­ties In Okhla, Shas­tri Park By Year-End

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New Delhi: New Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (NDMC) and East Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (EDMC) are plan­ning to set up plas­tic waste man­age­ment plants by the end of this year to en­cour­age sci­en­tific dis­posal of non-biodegrad­able waste in their ar­eas.

The ini­tia­tive has been taken as per Plas­tic Waste and EWaste Man­age­ment and Han­dling Rules, 2016, which stresses on proper col­lec­tion, trans­porta­tion and dis­posal of plas­tic waste by mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

Ase­nior NDMC of­fi­cial said the plant would be es­tab­lished near Okhla and would process one met­ric tonne plas­tic ev­ery day. Based on its suc­cess, the ca­pac­ity may be in­creased in fu­ture, said NDMC chair­man Naresh Ku­mar. “We will fo­cus on col­lect­ing sin­gle-use plas­tic ma­te­ri­als gen­er­ated by res­i­den­tial house­holds, which have been a major source of nui­sance and are not be­ing col­lected by waste pick­ers,” Ku­mar added.

The NDMC ar­eas pro­duce 40 met­ric tonne plas­tic waste ev­ery day, of which 20 met­ric tonne is picked up by waste col­lec­tors and the rest gets dumped at the Okhla land­fill site, where it is pro­cessed at the waste-to-en­ergy plant, said an of­fi­cial. “This is hazardous to the en­vi­ron­ment as non-biodegrad­able waste re­leases toxic chem­i­cal when mixed with mu­nic­i­pal solid waste and also af­fects the ef­fi­ciency of the waste-to-en­ergy plant dur­ing in­cin­er­a­tion,” he pointed out.

“The new plant will crack the plas­tic into mol­e­cule to pro­duce bio­fuel, which will be of the high­est qual­ity, and can be used in any diesel ve­hi­cle,” he added.

EDMC has also in­vited ten­der for set­ting up a plas­tic waste man­age­ment plant at Shas­tri Park with a daily ca­pac­ity of 50 met­ric tonne. “Waste col­lec­tors or scrap deal­ers of­ten de­cide to burn heaps of non-re­cy­clable plas­tic just to get rid of them. The prac­tice leads to se­ri­ous pol­lu­tion,” said Pradeep Khan­del­wal, chief en­gi­neer, EDMC.

“Un­der this project, the con­trac­tor will col­lect max­i­mum plas­tic waste from scrap deal­ers. This will en­cour­age scrap deal­ers to earn more by col­lect­ing sin­gle-use and multi-lay­ered plas­tic waste. A sim­i­lar project is al­ready func­tion­ing in Chen­nai,” he said.

Ex­perts, how­ever, said such plants were not a per­ma­nent solution. “The tech­nique to pro­duce bio­fuel from plas­tic waste has not been ap­proved by Cen­tral Pol­lu­tion Cont-

WHERE DOES IT ALL GO? WHAT EX­PERTS SUG­GEST AS A WAY OUT

Ban sin­gle-use plas­tic items | Use cloth bags, en­vi­ron­ment­friendly ma­te­rial | Se­gre­gate waste | Stricter waste man­age­ment pol­icy and pe­nalise de­fault­ers | Fix­ing pro­ducer re­spon­si­bil­ity for treat­ing multi-lay­ered plas­tic

WHAT CIVIC AGEN­CIES ARE PLANNNG

rol Board. Dur­ing the melt­ing or crack­ing of plas­tic, there are chances of emis­sion of toxic gases,” said Ravi Agar­wal, founder-di­rec­tor of Tox­ics Link, an en­vi­ron­men­tal NGO.

Con­sid­er­ing 70% of the plas­tic waste in Delhi is sin­gle-use, the only solution is to ban the sin­gle-use plas­tic and look for al­ter­na­tives such as cloth bags,” he added.

is the ap­prox­i­mate plas­tic waste gen­er­ated in Delhi ev­ery­day…EDMCNDMCof plas­tic not be­ing re­cy­cledin Delhiby SDMCby North corpnRest by Delhi Can­ton­ment Board or un­ac­countedLand­fills, of­ten caus­ing fires | Road­side garbage dumps | Drains | Water­bod­iesSin­gle-use plas­tic items in Delhi that are a prob­lem: Multi-lay­ered pack­ets, tetra packs, milk pack­etsNDMC pro­poses to set up plas­tic waste man­age­ment plant near Okhla of one met­ric tonne ca­pac­ity per dayEDMC has in­vited ten­der for set­ting up plas­tic waste plant of 50 met­ric tonne per day

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