Plastic – Harmful not only for Living beings but for nature too.
Plastic Recycling – A race towards a better environment. Natures daily alarm to wake us.
Did you know
Quantity of Plastic Waste Generated daily in India?
- Approximately 26000 tons of plastic waste is generated in India every day and not even half of it gets recycled thus escaping into the environment.
- Plastic waste accounts for 8% of the total solid waste generated in India annually
- The major waste generating cities in India are Delhi, followed by Kolkata and Ahmedabad
Facts on the usage of plastic?
- As per reports, the production of plastic in India increased from 1600 million metric tonnes approx. in 2014-2015 to 1700 metric tonnes in 2017-2018.
- Around 73% of beach litter is Plastic and is increasing day-by-day
EPR Services – Plastic Waste Collection and Disposal Process
The plastic waste generated in bulk production is extremely harmful for the environment, especially when it is dumped into the grounds or pollution causing garbage dumps. Hence it is necessary to treat and recycle it before it causes harm and deteriorates the soil and its livelihood. Therefore, following EPR rules is mandatory and requires a complete cooperation.
What is EPR – EPR stands for extended producers’ responsibility i.e brand owners, importers, producers or manufacturers are responsible for the treatment and disposal of their post-consumer products. They are required to maintain a proper EPR Action plan to collect back the plastic waste generated due to their products.
Looking at the alarming volumes of MLP waste (Multi-Layered Plastic Waste), the Plastic Waste Management(PWM) Rules were passed in 2016 making it a mandate to phase out all the non-recyclable and multi-layered plastic (MLPs) within 2 years. In the following years “multi-layered plastic which is non-recyclable or non-energy recoverable or with no alternate use” were banned.
All Bulk producers, packaging brand owners must meet their market target to channeling the plastic waste (recyclable or non-recyclable multilayer plastic (MLP)) and be responsible for recycling it, which means that all the generated waste is recycled under conditions that displays no harm to the environment.
Notice for EPR registration (As per provision 9 (1&2) & 13(2) of PWM Rules, 2016, as amended 2018) Download by clicking button below
It is now a liability for the manufacturers and sellers of plastic products to collect the waste generated from their production. For example, the brand owners are liable for their brand packaging, collection, and recycling of the packets and plastic packaging which contain their brand name. This is a great step towards decreasing the amount of waste generated as the companies have started switching plastic with paper or other recyclable raw materials so that it is possible to replace the non-recyclable plastic waste with bioplastics or paper which can be easily renewed.
Environmental protection is a priority! Thus, Plastic Waste Management (PWM), collection and recycling of the MLP waste and EPR is crucial and can be completed with the help of PRO (Producer Responsibility Organizations) or private companies which set up treatment plants along with collection mechanisms by providing recyclers and dismantlers. This helps the bulk waste to be recycled with ease in operations and thus helps meet the EPR targets in a fast paced and timely manner.
Alternatively, the channelization of waste may be done in-house with the producers including reverse supply chain, deploying take-back schemes or setting up collection centers. A sustainable recycling of waste is mandatory for all bulk consumers, producers and manufacturers of electronic and electrical equipment because a sound management of the waste ensures a healthier and safe environment.
EPR is no more left to the discretion of the doers.
For the first time the State Pollution Control Board has introduced the self healing plan. So anyone and everyone generating any kind of plastic or e-waste is responsible for its own disposal. Be it offices, commercial establishments, industries or public event holders (marriage functions, religious gatherings, public meetings etc), all must collect and hand over the waste that was generated or littered in a segregated form and also pay the user fee as per bye-laws of the local bodies.
DCC is here to provide plastic waste management services to all the brand owners.
We are waste segregators. We recover plastic dumped at waste site/landfills. We then segregate plastic from mixed waste. Supply plastic to furnaces and boilers for plastic recycling so that non-biodegradable plastic/MLP can be used as a source of energy and we can move toward zerowaste mission and better earth environment.
IT IS NOT A CHOICE, IT IS A MILLION DOLLAR DECISION!
Items and Areas where plastic is used?
From a comb to a milk packet, when we look around ourselves, we are able to find tad many things made of plastic, completely or partially.
Nearly 90% of the things we use today are made up of plastic or contain components made of plastic, eg, Banners, pouches, flex, straws, wrappers and much more.
Most of the junk food and packaged food we consume is wrapped in plastic which is not only non-recyclable but also harmful for one’s health.
Impacts of plastic on Water, Soil, Air
- Dumping of plastic can deteriorate soil by taking away its organic properties.
- The presence of micro-plastics in soil affects the life of earthworms and other species.
- Impacts underground water quality imparts harmful plastic pieces in the water which are then consumed by humans on a daily basis.
- 8 million metric tonnes of plastic go to the ocean every year, majorly affecting the marine life
Amount of recyclable plastic/reusable plastic
- Plastic waste can be used for road construction. Around 1 lakh kilometers of roads have been built in India using discarded plastic.
- Recyclable plastic e.g thermoplastic such as PET & PVC. Products made of thermoplastic can be recycled.
Quality of recyclable plastic
Plastic is a complex material. Products made out of plastic can contain different types of material together. Since all types of plastics are not recyclable, therefore, recycling of plastic products is not easy as all products are not recyclable.
Plastic recycling is easily done for products made up of single plastic material. Eg PET bottles, thermoplastics (plastics that can be recycled as they can be melted and moulded into new products), etc.
Solve the plastic problem in India
Tackling the plastic problem is utterly important. Cities in India need a very strict and robust plastic waste management system so as to protect its environment. This involves the following steps which can collectively solve the plastic waste problem in the country.