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‘Seized plastic items to be sent to Highways department’

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At least one road in each zone to be laid with shredded plastic: Visakan

MADURAI

Banned single-use plastic products, seized by Madurai Corporation, would be sent to State Highways department for laying roads, said Collector T.S. Rajasekar here on Tuesday.

He was speaking during the inauguration of a human chain formed by around 1,000 students of The American College in Tallakulam to create an awareness against the use of banned plastic products.

The plastic items seized till October 2 would be collected and in about two weeks, they would be sent to the State Highways department, which could use it for laying roads, said the Collector.

“Using shredded plastic to bind the bitumen would mean cutting costs and it will also ensure that the single use plastic items are put to proper use,” he said. He said that through the awareness programmes conducted by the Corporation as part of ‘Swachh Hi Seva’ campaign, plastic usage would be reduced.

Speaking to The Hindu, Corporation Commissioner S. Visakan said that at least one road in each zone would be laid using shredded plastic products. “A proposal is being prepared in this regard and the work is expected to commence in the first week of October,” said Mr. Visakan.

He said that currently the shredded plastic bottles collected by the Corporation were being sold to private cement companies for reuse.

The Corporation had seized around 21 tonnes of banned plastic products and imposed a total fine of ₹25 lakh till date this year.

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