Pune NGO offers to produce fuel from city’s plastic waste, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

Pune NGO offers to produce fuel from city’s plastic waste Nagpur: A Pune-based NGO Keshav Sita Memorial Foundation Trust has approached Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) with a solution to the ever-worsening problem of plastic waste. Under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, the NGO has offered to set up a plant to produce fuel from plastic waste at Bhandewadi dumping yard.

The NMC’s Pench project cell has tabled the NGO’s proposal before the general body for its nod to provide 8,000sqft plot on lease to develop the plant. Mayor Sandip Joshi has convened the general body meeting on January 20.

“The NMC will lease out the land for 10 years and will cover the area with tin shed, while the NGO will develop the plant to produce fuel from plastic waste on its own,” said the proposal. The NGO will run the plant for 10 years and later transfer it in running condition to the NMC, the proposal stated. The NGO will also bear the expenses pertaining to energy, water and other miscellaneous expenses for the project.

A senior official from the Pench project told TOI that the city generates around 40 tonne plastic waste per day. The official also said that the NGO is running similar project for Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. “There, the NGO is producing around 500ml fuel from one kg plastic. All types of plastics will be processed in the plant,” the official said, adding the Trust has proposed to treat around 1 tonne plastic per day.

Non-bio-degradable plastic has already become a major concern for the civic body. Despite ban on single-use plastic carry bags, city infrastructure like sanitation, water supply and rivers are being badly affected by plastic waste. If the project starts here, the NMC will also get royalty from the sale of fuel produced apart from the disposal of plastic waste.

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