Special Correspondent

Water conservation possible through recycling

Ban sought on plastic bags thinner than

40 microns

MANGALORE: A situation wherein garbage becomes a rare commodity, with market forces determining its price, could soon be reality, according to A.G. Pai, Chief Operating Officer of the Mangalore Special Economic Zone. This could happen if garbage is used for the production of energy.

Inaugurating the management fest of the Srinivas Institute of Management Studies, Magma 2007, here on Sunday, Mr. Pai said energy produced from garbage would be clean.

He said he was waiting for the forces of demand and supply to take over with regard to garbage disposal, and added that the production of energy could be achieved through recycling of garbage. He said the menace of plastic was easy to control. Banning the use of plastic bags thinner than 40 microns was the key to reducing pollution. He pointed out that rag pickers collected milk sachets because they were thick and could be recycled, unlike thinner bags.

When the Mumbai administration found out that plastic bags were choking drains and causing floods in many areas, it wanted to do away with them completely. But that was not sensible as cement and pharmaceutical products required plastics for packaging. Hence, it had decided do away with the use of plastic thinner than 50 microns, he said. When waste is recycled, the country’s oil requirement would reduce, he said. This was a sure way of ensuring a green economy. It was possible to save 70 per cent of water resources by recycling waste water. The MSEZ was attempting this, he said.