Staff Reporter

Refuse Derived Fuel unit to be speeded up

KOCHI: The vacant plots at the solid waste treatment plant at Brahmapuram would be used for storing the plastic waste generated by the city.

The plastic would be collected and stored at the plant premises after pressing it into blocks, said Paloli Muhammad Kutty, Minister for Local Administration.

The stocking of non-degradable waste will be carried out in a way without causing any inconvenience to the public.

The Government is also taking steps for the speedy completion of the Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) unit at Brahmapuram where the plastic waste can be treated. The storing of plastic refuse will continue at Brahmapuram till the completion of the RDF plant, the Minister said.

Criticised

Mr. Kutty was critical of the stand adopted by the trade unions of the FACT against the using of FACT land at Ambalamedu for dumping of non-degradable waste.

The dumping of plastic refuse from the city at Ambalamedu would not have caused any harm to people. There was also space for storing the refuse. However, the trade unions didn’t cooperate with the Government, Mr. Kutty said.

Last week, the Government had assured the trade unions that waste would not be dumped at the FACT’s site after July 13.

Prospects of FACT

This was following the stand of the unions that the continued dumping of waste there would harm the development prospects of FACT.

Even while using the Brahmapuram site, the Government will also look for alternative sites for storing the plastic waste, he said.

The Government stand would come as a great relief to the Kochi Corporation and the district administration which have been waiting for a decision on the contentious issue.

No complaints

One day after the expiry of the deadline, no complaints have been received by the Corporation regarding the management of plastic waste, said Mini Antony, secretary of the Kochi Corporation. The Corporation had earlier issued directives for storing plastic at available space in the divisions, Ms. Antony said.

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