Recycling plant to resume operations
KOZHIKODE: City corporation authorities have commenced negotiations with agencies who participated in the bidding to resume the operation of the West Hill Recycling plant situated at Industrial Estate area, which remains unused since October, 2015.
The civic body has received bidding from three agencies who expressed their interest to run the plastic recycling unit.
Mayor Thottathil Raveendran has already held negotiations with an agency that had participated in the bidding but failed to reach a consensus. Negotiations with the second agency will be held this week. The plant set up at a cost of Rs 62 lakh was closed down within two and half years of its operation due to the frequent attack by anti-social elements.
Closure of the plant resulted in the city having no mechanism for disposal and recycling of plastic waste. Corporation had set up the plant in 2013 after the city witnessed a series of protest staged by the public. The plastic recycling unit at West Hill has the capacity to recycle one tonne plastic waste per day. The plant converts plastic waste into granules and pellets to manufacture pipes.
Corporation health standing committee chairman K V Baburaj said “the talk with the first agency failed as they asked for Rs 5 lakh per month for the transportation of waste which we felt was not practical,” he said. “We have also received proposals from agencies who had not taken part in the bidding. We hope to finalize an agency to resume the operation at the recycling unit within a month,” he said.
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