The Diamond City is set to have its own plastic treatment plant to dispose of over 200 metric tons of daily plastic waste. This comes at a time when the city already boasts of a tertiary plant that treats 40 million litres of water per day
The plant is part of a public private partnership model wherein the private partner will set up the treatment plant and produce diesel from the non-recyclable plastic waste.
The project is the result of a memorandum of understanding that was signed between the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) and En-vision, a private party at the recently held Vibrant Gujarat Summit at Gandhinagar.
At present Surat’s entire waste is disposed off in single stream at a land fill site in Khajod. However, since plastic is non biodegradable, it remains unrecyclable for hundreds of years.
Executive engineer for solid waste at SMC, E H Pathan told TOI,” After the Plastic Waste(Management and Handling) Rules, 2011 came into existence , SMC has taken a lead in setting up an effective system for collection transportation and disposal of plastic waste. The participating private partner would set up a plant on two acres of land provided by SMC.” The land could be provided at Khajod disposal site.
Sources said that under the agreement, there is no financial obligation on the corporation apart from providing land. The private party would be responsible for developing the plant, setting up of collection centers across all seven zones, creation of a collection system from bulk generators, NGOs, scrap dealers , door to door collectors among others.
“Out of the collected plastic, 30 to 40 per cent can be recycled where as diesel would be generated from the remaining. We plan to set up the plant in the first 12 months and cover the whole city within three years,” said Nihar Doctor of En-vision.