Used polythene carry bags and waste plastics that are thrown in drainage channels and at street corners will fetch home makers a sizable income, thanks to the collection of used plastic items.
For the first time, Dindigul municipality, along with Dindigul district Polythene Bag Manufacturers and Sellers Association, will buy plastic waste from public through its collection centres .
While clean white plastic bags will be procured at Rs.40 a kg, colour polythene and plastic bags at Rs.25 a kg and used and not fully cleaned polythene bags mostly used for packing food and other eatables at Rs.10 a kg.
Twenty collection centres at Solai Hall Road, Malaipatti Road, Sandhi Road, near Ganesh Theatre, MVM Nagar, Tiruchi Road, RM Colony, Thadikombu Road, Murugabavanam, Nagal Nagar, Mengles Road, VMR Patti, North Car Street and near Begampur Petrol bunk and two centres each on Mettupatti Road and at East Govindhapuram within Dindigul municipal limit and at Anna Nagar and on New Dharapuram Road in Palani municipality have been set up to collect plastic wastes from the public.
The plastic manufacturers will convert plastic wastes in to pellets and reuse it to make plastic items.
Inaugurating a collection centre on Solai Hall Road here on Thursday, Collector N. Venkatachalam said manufacturers were roped in on the principle of extended producers’ responsibility.
At present, unsafe and improper disposal of plastic wastes clogged drainage channels, polluting environment and ultimately becoming a permanent hazard. Plastics thrown in hilly regions like Kodaikanal posed grave threat to ecology and danger to wild animals. Plastic wastes gave an ugly look to pilgrim centres, he pointed out.
Unhygienic surroundings were ideal ground for mosquitoes breeding, which could result in the spread of dengue. Clean environment will improve public health, he added.
Now, safe disposal will not only help the municipality keep its surroundings clean but also ensure sizable income to families, said Joint Chief Environmental Engineer (Madurai zone) A.R Krishna Rao.
Effective campaign among school students will be done to take the message to every household, said District Environmental Engineer K. Ilankumaran.