NGOs, firms start plastic processing plant in Dhayari

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 12 April 2019

Nilesh Inamdar said, “From April 8, the pilot project began in which, we have deployed a tempo which will collect two tonnes of plastic and e-waste from the residents of Dhayari. We will pay Rs 3 to 5 per kg to the residents in the exchange of the plastic and e-waste items.”

PUNE: To put a full stop to the plastic menace, a pilot project has been initiated by two city-based NGOs and two private companies working in the field of environment. They will be collecting two tonnes of plastic and e-waste from the residents of Dhayari which will be processed to make fuel in the processing plant situated at Dhayari.

The Environment Club Of India (ECI) and My Earth Foundation (MEF) are the two city-based NGOs and Patpert Teknow Systems Pvt Ltd and Clean Garbage management are the two city-based companies.

ECI President Nilesh Inamdar said, “From April 8, the pilot project began in which, we have deployed a tempo which will collect two tonnes of plastic and e-waste from the residents of Dhayari. We will pay Rs 3 to 5 per kg to the residents in the exchange of the plastic and e-waste items.”

Inamdar, who is also the Founder Director of Patpert Teknow Systems Pvt Ltd, said, “The processing plant is situated in the premises of Abhiruchi theatre at Dhayari. It was a 3,000 sq ft land in which the processing plant was installed. Every day, two tonnes of plastic will be processed from which, 1,200 to 1,500 litres of fuel will be generated. The fuel will be then sold to oil traders of industries.”

“We were in talks with the civic body, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and the plastic association so that the model can be replicated in all the wards of the city,” Inamdar added.

MEF President Anant Gharat said, “Our role in the model was to collect the plastic and e-waste from the people. We were associated with about 10,000 retails traders, 20 to 25 societies and about 20 schools in the city. Once the model is recognised, we will send tempos on 11 designated routes including Kothrud, Sinhagad Road, Kharadi, Shivajinagar, Aundh amongst the others and start the collection from all these associated partners.”

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