60% of the plastic-waste collected and segregated gets recycled while the balance 40% adds to plastic pollution. Ultimately, what we do at an individual level will make the difference.
Interestingly, business city Mumbai, has taken a major step towards arresting pollution.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), has already set up plastic collection bins and PET bottle crushing machines at public places in Mumbai. They have also decided to start a toll-free helpline that will offer plastic pickup service. 24 collection bins are set across Mumbai to collect plastic waste.
The plastic collection bins are of 20 square feet with a capacity to hold 500 kg each. 137 tonnes of waste has been collected in BMC bins in 2 months between April 1 and May 31 2018. The ‘Solid Waste Management Community’ recommends Segregation of plastic waste material at source by providing separate garbage bins for different wastes (recycling/compost/others) in housing complexes, offices, public places like railway stations etc.
The plastic that we count as waste has immense value. Only if, it is recycled and brought to the use once again.
“Manthan”, an initiative by Hindustan Zinc, is a series of stories to bring awareness about various concerns like air pollution, water pollution, plastic pollution, noise pollution, climate change, road safety and wildlife protection.