Civic body initiates project for converting waste into energy

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 05, 2012 21:51 hrs

Adding to a slew of projects that the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) has initiated to turn garbage into energy by adopting new technologies, it may also go in for a Tamil Nadu modeled project for processing plastic waste into crude oil.

MCC Commisioner M.R.Ravi assured to have a proposal of the Tamil Nadu-based M K Aromatics Limited, an arm of the TVS Group, for setting up a plant in Mysore pending since some months before the Department of Municipal Administration cleared soon.

He made this statement after viewing a power-point presentation on the Rs 10 crore plant operating since five years on a 4.5 acre landfill site, 45 kms off from Chennai, based on polymer energy technology of Harita NTI Ltd. at the Mysore Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

The energy efficient 27-year life plant, which operates converting gas produced during processing into energy, produces seven tonnes of oil per day from plastic waste of any type that is collected from Chennai. The residual carbon, which is in dry powder form, was sold for use.

MK Aromatics’ Mahesh Merchant, who made the presentation explained how the environmental-friendly integrated recycling plastic waste processing system produces oil providng an alternative to incineration and landfill disposal, which has become a major issue in cities like Bangalore.

A proposal had been made to the MCC for setting up a similar plant on the 4-acre landfill site on the outskirts of Mysore by utilizing around 80 tonnes of plastic waste generated in the city by putting in place a systematic and hygienic collection system for both industrial and domestic plastic wastes and transport them in sealed container to the plant for processing to fuel. It will have no financial impact on the MCC.

Four similar plants were proposed for Bangalore where around 400 tonnes of plastic waste is generated. Plants were being setting up in Vijayawad and Cochin also. Such plants were operating in Europe (10) and Africa (1).

Appreciating the environmental friendly technology, Ravi explained MCC measures to tackle increasing waste problem, including plastic waste and said MCC had set up a compost conversion unit. Recently, it had entered into an agreement with Sweden for a technology feasibility study on converting domestic waste into biogas. The US had come forward to extend full support to manage waste in a scientific way. A team from Germany was visiting Mysore for discussions on harnessing solar energy.

Another initiative launched recently was to produce biogas from kitchen waste in association with Mysore-based National Institute of Engineering. A budget allocation of Rs. 25 lakh had been made to offer incentives for those setting up biogas units. Also, the 30 per cent waste management cess would be waived off for the beneficiaries.

“Mysore has achieved cent per cent door-to-door garbage collection. Householders should now take up segregation of degradable wet solids and dry waste. They should realise garbage is not waste, but a useful resource.” the MCC Commissioner added.

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