The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Karnataka-based Vasavdatta Cement to utilise plastic waste generated in Goa as fuel for its manufacturing plant. Goa Minister for Environment Alina Saldanha said that the plastic waste collected from highways and other roads would be baled before being handed over to the cement company.

State-owned Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation collects garbage from highways. Village panchayats would be asked to collect the same from roads in their jurisdiction.

GSPCB Chairman Jose Manuel Noronha said that 150 tonnes of garbage had already been collected by the GSIDC.

Two baling machines have been installed, one each in north and south Goa, to treat the plastic before handing it over to the cement company. Six more machines were needed.

The State is working on a legislation to fine people who litter the roads.

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