“WE DONT NEED TO BAN PLASTIC , WE JUST NEED TO START USING IT PROPERLY.”
Plastic is essential part in every individuals life, right from time you get up with your tooth brush in hand till the time you sleep with the finger on electric switch. However if it is now considered an environmental evil because of the havoc that plastic waste wreaks. We see it in our streets , in our river and lakes.If we can show people that plastic is precious , you will not find a piece of plastic waste anywhere.
Let us see some of the examples how plastic waste can be changed into wealth. If we say people dont use plastic, or use plastic which is reusable or recyclable they wont show much interest except few, but at the same time if we say people that we can make money out of plastic waste, much interest will be shown from the people. According to todays scenario everybody is running back of money.
PLASTIC IN BRICKS,TILES,BLOCKS ETC….:
DRI(Deshmukh Research Institute) has made bricks which is projected to be used for army bunkers as it has ability to absorb the power of high intensity gun firing, This application alone can absorb large scale mixed plastic waste consumption. The equipment has been developed in such a way that it can process 50kgs of mixed plastic waste to tiles ,bricks, paver blocks and mile stones.
PLASTIC WASTE AS DIESEL:
Gore plastics and Carbouys a Pune based company demonstrated with a glass reactor how plastic waste is converted to diesel which can be used as a fuel for vehicles or for energy generation. the company has successfully installed two 5ton capacity plants in southernIindia. This is useful in medium cities where collection if waste is higher. Worst of plastic mixed is with even tetra pak cartons can be converted into useful fuel for tractors and energy generation.
“BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION , NOT PART OF THE POLLUTION”
SCHOOL BAGS FROM FLEX PANELS:
A Pune based start up company plus one has developed employment to thousands of people for making school bags out of flex panels waste. Normally flex panels which are used for advertisments are literally dumped for land filling. such flex can be now made useful. It is a social enterprise, but having large impact on swatch bharat program, flex are made from PVC and normally would have gone for land filling.
PLASTIC WASTE INTO FURNITURE,PALLETS,CRATES ETC….:
Bhopal model of waste segregation was well demonstrated by sarthak samudayik vikas evan jankalyan sanstha, bhopal . This model must be repeated across the country . It also explains why three cities of Madhya Pradesh, including Indore and Bhopal are top green cities of India. Then there were many product displays made out of waste like furniture , pallet, mile stones, crates, entire low cost houses all made with upcoming new start ups. Complete demonstration of how MLPs is reprocessed and converted to useful products was done by UFLEX , a global giant in multilayer products.
Today Indias per capita consumption of plastic is approximately 12kgs . The demand forecast is 20kg/person in year 2020.40% of this is used for food and beverage applications. This also means a lot of plastic waste. This also means lot of business opportunity and employment generation.
Per capita consumption of plastic in India is too low compared to USA ,Europe and china. The damage these countries have inflicted on environment is lesson to us to be one step ahead. we have better recycling rate and by driving systematic and sustainable program we can achieve target of less than one percent plastic in land filling by year 2025.
Employment opportunity will be there in developing machines and system for waste sorting, segregation, compacting, transporting, product developments and so on. We have to give respectability , health check, insurance , sustainable revenue for these warriors of SWATCH BARAT. In next 10 years recycling and upcycling industry will grow bigger than main stream business.
We people think that using plastic is very harm, but than that using plastic and throwing it off or dumping it is very harm. Instead doing that if we make that plastic less harm and make it into some other useful product and make money out of it , it will be good for us and for the environment also. Few examples have been mentioned above , like that if we think out of the box it will be useful for us and for our country.
“PLEASE DO NOT LITTER AND DO NOT MIX PLASTIC WITH ORGANIC WASTE. LET US KEEP PLASTIC
WASTE IN CLEAN CONDITION FOR BETTER PRICE RECOVERY AND FOR BETTER ENVIRONMENT.”