Chandigarh: Municipal Corporation is all set to launch plastic to fuel concept. The seven member committee had approved the concept and the four member delegation submitted the preliminary report after visiting plant in Chennai on Wednesday. The delegation paid three days visit to Chennai to study the working, technicalities and feasibility of the plastic to fuel plant.
As a pilot project, the plant will be of 10 tonnes capacity which can be further extended in the same area as need arises. And will be set up at the existing landfill area located at Dadumajra. In the General House meeting held during the month of August, a presentation was given by M K Aromatics Ltd, Chennai. Thereafter, Mayor constituted a committee of seven councillors comprising Davesh Moudgil, Senior Deputy Mayor, Subhash Chawla, Pardeep Chhabra, Babu Lal, Satish Kainth, Rajesh Gupta and Surinder Bahga. But Babu Lal, Satish Kainth, Surinder Bahga and Dr M S Kamboj visited Chennai plastic to fuel plant during the study tour.
During submission of the preliminary report, Surinder Bahga said, “We have thoroughly studied the working of the plant at Chennai and have reached the conclusion that if such a plant is introduced here in Chandigarh, it will reduce the garbage problem especially of plastic waste by 90 per cent. The plant is totally environment friendly and has zero waste emission.” He further said that this re-use of plastic could keep large amounts of plastic from landfills. He said the Chennai plant has a technology in which waste plastic is heated in an oxygen free chamber (known as pyrolysis) at about 400 degree Celsius. As the plastics boils, gas is separated out which is re-used to fuel the plant itself for its heating system. The fuel is then distilled and filtered. The entire process takes place inside vacuum and the plastic is melted not burn causing no damage to the environment.
Mayor said, “The fuel produced can be used for industrial boilers to produce energy. The process has no residual waste and is odourless. In this process 70 to 80 pc of fuel is produced by processing plastic.” The Mayor said that Chandigarh produces about 500 tonnes of garbage daily out of that about to 10-15 per cent is the plastic waste. It means Chandigarh produces near about 60 tonnes of plastic daily and major part of it goes to garbage processing plant directly or indirectly.
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