Chandigarh Mayor Wednesday called a meeting of councillors who just returned from a three-day study tour to check the technicalities and feasibility of a plastic-to-fuel plant at Chennai.
He said the Chennai plant has a technology in which waste plastic is heated in an oxygen- free chamber at about 400 degree Celsius.
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“As the plastic boils, gas is separated out which is reused to fuel the plant itself for its heating system. The fuel is then distilled and filtered. The entire process takes place inside vaccum and the plastic is melted not burnt, causing no damage to the environment,” said Sood, while giving details of the plant.
The Mayor said Chandigarh produces about 500 tonne of garbage daily out of that about to 10 to 15 percent is plastic waste. “It means Chandigarh produces at least 60 tonne of plastic daily and major part of it goes to garbage processing plant directly or indirectly. In order to handle this environmental hazard, the municipal corporation has proposed to establish a plastic-to-fuel plant on the existing landfill area located at Dadumajra. It will give zero residual of waste and will meet with all the pollution norms,” he said.
He said that there is a proposal to establish nearly 10 plastic collection centers throughout the city in the existing Sehaj Safai Kendras. These collection centers will play a very important role in the upliftment of rag pickers within sustainable resource of revenue, education, hygiene, skill development and empowerment with focus on rehabilitation of women and children. It is aimed that these collection centres will ensure litte- free plastic zones within Chandigarh city achieving “Swachh Bharat” objectives.
He further said the proposed plant will produce the low down landfill by processing plastic waste and generate economic value.
As a pilot project, the plant will be of 10 tonne capacity which can be further extended in the same area as need arises. The committee will submit its detailed report very soon, he added.