The Government of Telangana and ACC have entered into an agreement to convert plastic waste as fuel. In the past two months, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has collected 150 metric tonnes of plastic waste, with help from resident welfare organisations, NGOs and self-help groups. ACC, on its part, is retrofitting its equipment to use plastic waste as fuel.
“Besides being a major hazard, plastic waste gets accumulated in lakes and nalas, blocking the flow of water. One of the ways to get rid of it is to use it as fuel in cement factories,” said a GHMC official. Cement firms will collect plastic waste from designated points and use it as fuel, the official added.
Earlier this year, ACC and a few other cement firms agreed to be part of ‘Swachhata hi Sewa’ by working with the Union Ministry of Urban Affairs to combat the single-use-plastic menace.
GHMC will collect disposable items from households between November 3 and 12. “On these 10 days we will collect scrap and see how it can be recycled,” said a GHMC official. The waste collected by GHMC everyday increased from 5,000-6,000 metric tonnes to 7,000 metric tonnes after the corporation started clearing all garbage from transfer stations.
“Previously, around 5,000-6,000 metric tonnes of garbage was transported to Jawaharnagar Dumpyard every day, and now, with the existing fleet, garbage transported has crossed 7,000 metric tonnes due to effective clearance of garbage at transfer stations,” a GHMC official said.