PUNE: There are several Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the city that are working on plastic collection for reuse and recycle purpose for many years and are now flooded with large amount of plastic from households, commercial establishments and companies since the state-wide ban on plastic.
A Pune-based organisation, Rudra Environmental Solutions, is converting plastic waste into polyfuel. Medha Tadpatrikar, founder of the NGO said, “After the ban was notified, we noticed an increased flow of plastic from 16,000 households, 50 to 60 small and big companies and 15 to 20 restaurants and hotels of the city.”
She said they got plastic waste not just from Pune but also from Mumbai and other parts of the state via courier. “Normally we used to receive 15 to 20 tonnes of plastic from 2009 and after the ban we are receiving five tonnes more. Due to this we are increasing our number of vans and volunteers,” she said.
REUSING AS DUSTBINS
Lalit Rathi, Director of Clean Garbage Management, a company that reuses plastic to make garbage bins, said, “We collect plastic from more than 100 societies and commercial premises of Dhayari. Immediately after the ban, we started receiving 30 per cent more than the usual amount of plastic, which was close to about 110 tonnes monthly.”
The number has gone down now, he said, as people have given up all their stocked plastic. “We make dustbins out of it, from carry bags, packaging materials and plastic less than 50 microns. From 400 gm plastic a single dustbin is made and in a day 2,000 such dustbins are made which will be given to civic authorities,” Rathi said.
Nilesh Inamdar, President of Environmental Club of India told Sakal Times that from the segregated plastic which Rathi has, they take all types of bottles, food packaging materials, milk bags and other such mono stream plastic from which liquid fuel is made which is equivalent to diesel.
He said, “We have set up plants at Nestle company at Himachal Pradesh, at Forbes company at Ranjangaon and Art of Living in Bengaluru where plastic generated is made into liquid fuel and kerosene, which is used in these locations again.”
- Rudra Environmental Solutions collects plastic waste, such as bottles, bags, food pouches, wrappers, cable covers and poly-fuel, kerosene and sludge are made from it at their plant based in Jejuri.
- This fuel is used in boilers in industries. Kerosene is also distributed in nearby villages while the sludge is rich in polymer and can be reused with bitumen to make roads.