Pune: It has been eight months that the re-tendering process to initiate pellet technology at Pune Cantonment Board (PCB)’s garbage dumping yard at Ramtekdi, Hadapsar - for converting biodegradable garbage into solid bricks as well as generate energy - has not been initiated by the Board.
The excuse for the delay being given by PCB is that they have to study the garbage collection of degradable and non-degradable waste again and then they go for tendering process.
According PCB’s board meeting held in July 2017, the third party agency that was supposed to work on the pellet project expressed inability to start work because their complete project finance was based on investors keen to finance the project - who have now withdrawn due to delay.
Also due to lesser availability of Mixed Solid Waste (MSW), the firm had backed out. Kiran Mantri, corporator of Ramtekdi, said, “The project was initially conceptualised to make something useful out of non-biodegradable waste such as plastic, glass and rubber. But the third party agency backed out. Now before searching for a new agency to make this project successful, we will have to study the garbage collection and segregated waste again and then only we would call for bidders for this project.”
Jayant Kangne, garden overseer of PCB,said “Earlier, the dumping yard was not taken proper care of. But now we are doing the natural decomposition of biodegradable waste by spraying chemicals because of which the waste starts decaying and volume reduces. We do this once a month to maintain the yard. For now rag pickers are collecting the non-biodegradable waste and selling it to scrap dealers.” DN Yadav, Chief Executive Officer of PCB, said there will be a delay of two months as they are waiting for government sanction and are in talks with other agencies.
WHAT IS PELLET TECHNOLOGY
† The pellet technology converts non-biodegradable garbage into solid bricks by sorting mixed solid waste, cutting it into small uniform size in shredders and then binding it together.
† The technology enables generation of energy by involving processes of segregating, crushing, mixing high and low heat value organic waste material and solidifying it to produce fuel pellets - referred to as Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF).
† The process is essentially a method that condenses waste, changes its physical form and enriches organic content through removal of inorganic materials and moisture.
† The garbage dumping yard at Ramtekdi is spread over 17 acres where 50 to 60 tonnes garbage is collected per day. Around 40 tonnes non-degradable waste is segregated by the rag pickers daily.