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Plastic waste management in Bhubaneswar from New Year

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Bhubaneswar: After imposing a ban on the use of polythene bags, the State authorities decided to set up plastic waste management system from the New Year here in the city.

In this regard, a MoU has been signed between the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Limited for a pilot project under private-public partnership (PPP) mode for six years.

The project will be executed from January 1, 2019. As per the agreement, the BMC will provide 6,000 square feet area on TTS premises near Sainik School to establish the ‘Swachhata Kendra’ for plastic waste management. The sheds will be constructed and the necessary equipment will be purchased at expenses of around Rs 36.30 lakh.

According to reports, the UNDP has handed over the responsibility to a local firm ‘Shree Ganesh Recycling Pvt Ltd’, which will spend Rs 97.90 lakh for the collection of plastic waste and its management and other expenses.

Initially, the pilot project will be implemented at ward number 12, 13, 16, 25, 27, 30, 34, 40, 41 and 53 under the BMC. The project will be subsequently executed in all the 67 wards in Bhubaneswar.

Following the successful implementation of the project in all the wards, the BMC will take up its sole management after six years.

BMC sources said that the sweepers collecting the waste from each ward will deposit those at the shed built in that ward. Later, the waste will be brought to the Swachhata Kendra for recycling of the plastics.

Nearly, 5 MT all types of plastic wastes will be collected from the designated wards per day.

“We are targeting around 6,800 MT plastic wastes recycling in four years. The plastic to be recycled from the process will be used in road repairing work and will be sold to various plants manufacturing the plastic products and cement,” said an official source in the BMC.

Around 20 rag pickers will be directly appointed for the execution of the project. Another 700 rag pickers will be engaged in the work. The authorities will provide all sort of benefits including health insurance, allowances, uniforms and identity card to them.