Nedumgandam: Nedumgandam may be a small place in Idukki district but it is giving big lessons in plastic waste management to the whole world.
The Nedumgandam panchayat had pocketed Rs 62,472 by selling 4,164.83 kg of recycled plastic trash to companies producing bitumen to lay roads. The bitumen mixed with recycled plastic waste was used to lay roads in many panchayats through the Clean Kerala Company, a state government initiative. Moreover, 10 houses near to the processing plant would be provided free electricity generated from garbage.
The panchayat has stocked 10,000 kg of processed plastic waste and 3,000 kg of organic fertilizers for sale. It collects plastic waste from houses, schools and hospitals through Harithasena, the Kudumbasree’s green army, which collects plastic and non-bio-degradable waste. Later, the plastic waste is recycled and sold to Clean Kerala Company which adopts scientific methods to ensure hygiene in the state.
Panchayat president S Jnanasundaram and secretary P V Biju oversee the operations of the processing plant.
Fair price for plastic
The Clean Kerala Company sells the recycled plastic at a fair price to private and public companies manufacturing bitumen. Plans are afoot to source the entire plastic waste of the panchayat and make this project more effective with the cooperation of block panchayat.
Power from garbage
The state government has given the nod for the panchayat’s proposal to put in place a bio-gas unit at the waste processing plant to provide power and cooking gas to people in the locality. The government has earmarked an amount of Rs 10 lakh for the project, which would be executed by Union Ministry of Rural Development’s Govardhan programme and the State’s Suchitwa Mission.
The bio-gas plant will be using 300 kg of solid waste to produce gas which would be supplied to 15 households. The power would also be distributed to nearby houses.