Plastic waste to be converted to diesel

 A systematic plastic waste management in the city has begun with the commissioning of a plastic waste management plant at Bhatar.

The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has provided two acres land for that plant that has been built by a private operator. The plant has started collecting 20 tons of plastic waste from the city areas daily and making plastic globules. However, this capacity would be enchanced to 100 tons per day.
"The land was given by SMC to Enviro Associates for construction of plastic waste management plant on 15 years operations and maintenance basis. The operator would expand the capacity to 100 tons in coming days and make diesel out of plastic waste.
The plant is set up at the cost of Rs 6 crore-Rs 7 crore," said an official from SMC.
In coming days, the company would set up a collection center in each zone for plastic waste and at big stores in the city too.
They will tie up with some voluntary organizations to collect plastic waste thrown the roads .
" At present, ragpickers and scrap dealers were collecting plastic waste lying on the road," said an official, adding that the private firm would set up a parallel system so that waste goes for processing and making useful things.
The company would also provide processed plastic to SMC for making roads.
Of the total daily solid waste collection of 1,700 metric tonnes in the city, nearly eight per cent is plastic waste, which comes to around 100-120 MT and that amounts to about 100 to 120 MT on daily basis.

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