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Efforts to rope in knitwear units

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COIMBATORE, MARCH 22. The Centre for Environment Education (CEE) has initiated efforts to encourage the knitwear units in the town set up paper recycling facility on their premises in order to recycle wastepaper generated by them.

The project officer of the CEE, Archana Dange, said that the CEE had set up a paper recycling unit at Koilvazhi as part of the comprehensive domestic waste management programme in the town and about six kg of waste paper was being recycled at the unit everyday. It was planned to increase the capacity of the unit so that about 50 kg of paper could be recycled a day to make about 500 sheets (23 inches by 17 inches each) of recycled paper daily.

Another paper recycling unit would be set up in the town near Mangalam shortly, which would be operated by members of women self-help groups. This unit would also recycle 50 kg of waste paper a day.

Ms. Dange pointed out that in the Palladam Road area, paper and plastic waste were collected separately and transported to the recycling unit at Koilvazhi with the assistance of another non-governmental organisation. Since, collection and transportation of the paper waste from all knitwear units in the town to the recycling unit at Koilvazhi would not be possible, it was suggested that these units set up paper recycling facility on their premises.

Through this, the knitwear units would be able to produce envelopes and notepads required by them. The CEE had hence initiated discussions with a few knitwear units in the town. The objective was to help at least a few of them start recycling units either individually or in groups of three or four. The cost of setting up such a unit would be about Rs. 2 lakhs, she added.

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