Nearly five years after MCGM agreed to a proposal for setting up recycling plants to treat plastic waste, the civic body is yet to allot land for the purpose. A 400-500 square feet land was to be set aside to set up a demo recycling plant with a capacity to treat 2.5 tonne of plastic waste daily. This was decided at a meeting on July 21, 2005, where civic officials from the solid waste management department interacted with members of the plastic manufacturers’ industry. The Indian Centre for Plastics in the Environment (ICPE), a voluntary body established by plastic manufacturers, was assigned the responsibility to build and operate the plant free-of-cost. The BMC was also to allot ICPE space to set up 6-9 collection centres, where plastic could be separated from other sources of dry waste and taken to the recycling centres but the administration is yet to do that.
April 19, 2009