Used plastic bottles to get new home

PMC to set up 20 recycling centres across city where these bottles can be thrown; they will then be scrapped and recycled
In a bid to find a solution to the wastage of plastic bottles, a new initiative has been taken by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) along with Arts Alive Foundation to recycle these bottles in the city. Twenty such centres will be installed across the city, where people can drop their plastic bottles to be scrapped and recycled. This system is been developed by Bioways India Pvt Ltd.“Plastic bottles will be recycled at these 20 new centres coming up in the city. It will be free for the citizens and donors will receive gifts such as mobile talk-time or chocolates. It has been observed that these plastic bottles are not decomposed properly by ragpickers -they are sold to garbage collectors, or thrown on open grounds or burnt -all of which affect the atmosphere. This system will help reduce the plastic garbage in the city,“ said Ketan Meru, assistant manager of Bioways India Pvt Ltd.

“As of now, there are two such centere -one at Aundh and the other at JM Road. More will come up at Koregaon Park, Senapati Bapat Road, Airport, Baner, Balewadi, Shivajinagar, Pune railway station and other areas. These plants can recycle 8,000 bottles at a time,“ he added.

Elaborating on the initiative, Harshad Barde, general secretary of the Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP) said, “We welcome the initiative of recycling plastic bottles. But, we need to remember that ragpickers’ livelihoods are dependent on the waste they sell. They are not paid workers and are under a contract between Solid Waste Collection and Handling (SWaCH) and PMC. And, if groundlevel collectors cannot get financial benefits, they might stop collection of garbage and waste. If they are given some kind of compensation when they give these bottles at the centres, the model will run successfully.“

Source : Mirror

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