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Plastic waste to be used in cement units

R. Krishnamoorthy

TIRUCHI: Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has evolved a novel scheme in Pudukottai district for productive disposal of non-reusable plastic wastes.

Collector A. Suganthi has encouraged local bodies right from municipalities to village panchayats to put in place mechanisms to buy back non-reusable plastic waste from the public, service organisations, commercial entities, hostels, educational institutions, marriage halls, hospitals and industries.

As per the scheme evolved by the office of the District Environmental Engineer, the waste plastic would be bought back for one rupee a kg and sent to cement industries for use as fuel. The initiative, according to District Environmental Engineer R. Lakshmi serves twin objectives: eliminating the scope for the clogging drainage channels caused by careless disposal of plastic wastes, and preventing its re-use.

The district, according to Ms. Laskhmi, generates up to four tonnes of plastic wastes every day.

The administration has made arrangements for sending the plastic wastes to the Ultratech Cement in Ariyalur district. The services of Assistant Directors of Panchayat and Town Panchayat and the Municipal Commissioners of Pudukottai and Aranthangi would be utilised.

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