The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board's (TNPCB) special programme to facilitate disposal of non-reusable plastic waste generated in urban local bodies in Tiruchi, Perambalur and Ariyalur districts, through ‘co-processing' at the cement kilns, would go on stream soon.
The Corporation and 17 town panchayats in Tiruchi district, the Perambalur Municipality and four town panchayats in Perambalur district and two Municipalities and two Town Panchayats in Ariyalur district have already entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with cement manufacturing units in the region, R. Vijayabaskaran, District Environmental Engineer, Plastic Waste Management, TNPCB, told The Hindu.
The TNPCB acted as the facilitator for the project and the cement units have been persuaded to set up the necessary infrastructure as part of their corporate social responsibility initiatives.
In the absence of proper disposal mechanism for non-reusable plastic waste such as carry bags, cups and other throw away items in the urban local bodies, the pollution caused by their indiscriminate dumping posed an environmental hazard. Local bodies would be required to segregate the non reusable plastic waste and transport the same at their own cost to the cement unit for processing. The incineration at the cement kiln at high temperature would be a safe disposal method, he said.
On Thursday, the Perambalur Municipality and four town panchayats in the district – Labbaikudikadu, Poolampadi, Kurumbalur and Arumbavur – signed the agreements with Chettinad Cements in the presence of Collector M.Vijayakumar and V.Ganesan, Vice President, Chettinad Cements. Plastic waste from Ariyalur and Jayamkondam municipalities and Udayarpalayam and Varadharajenpettai town panchayats would also be disposed of at this unit.
Plastic wastes from the Tiruchi Corporation, Thuvakudi, Thuraiyur and Manapparai Municipalities and 17 town panchayats from Tiruchi district would be disposed through the manufacturing unit of the Grasim group of industries. The MoUs between the local bodies of the district and the cement manufacturer has also been signed.
The elected councils of the local bodies have already adopted resolutions banning the use of plastic products below a thickness of 20 microns. Sanitary workers of the local bodies are to be trained in segregating, collecting, storing and compacting the plastic waste before they were sent for disposal to the cement units. Mr.Vijayabaskaran said the project was also being implemented in Tirunelveli, Madurai, Virudhunagar, Tuticorin, Sivagangai, Nagercoil and Ramanathapuram districts.