HYDERABAD: An international seminar on India’s industrial growth scope for plastic industries was held in conjunction with -14, the International Plastics Exposition(IPLEX) at HITEX Exhibition Centre, Madhapur.
Indian Centre for Plastics in the Environment(ICPE), a non-profit, independent body that works with a vision to improve the knowledge and understanding of environmental benefits of plastics showed studies that say that plastics contribute to only about 6 per cent of our municipal sold waste(MSW) in large metros. The figures is much less in smaller cities which means the other 94 per cent is made up other materials . So the issues are not of plastic disposal, but of garbage disposal and ant-littering, it says.
They also pointed out that plastics are 100 per cent recyclable where, the value of the waste in each household when separated into wet and dry, can solve many issues. It is called bin culture. Recycling is another area that needs focus besides segregation.
All kind of mixed plastics waste can be used for the consrtruction of Asphalt Road. It can be co-processed in cement kilns, as a source of energy.
They can also be converted into hydrocarbon fuel. Empty battery packs into low quality luggage and a host of other plastics can also be recylcled. India Recycles close to 4 million tons of plastic waste annually.