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Kerala Govt will Construct roads using waste plastic collected from houses to limit the usage of plastic bags and other products disposed in public spaces. The Clean Kerala Company will now collect torn or discarded plastic from residents and municipal authorities for road construction. The Clean Kerala Company is an organisation involved in a statewide waste management initiatives like converting solid waste into CNG, collecting and recycling e-waste, organising plastic collection drives etc.
According to the Worldwatch Institute, “From 1950 to 2012, plastics growth averaged 8.7 percent per year, booming from 1.7 million tonnes to the nearly 300 million tonnes of today.” [Source: Worldwatch Institute. “Vital Signs, Volume 22: Trends that are shaping our future.” 2015.] Almost about 8 million tonnes of plastic waste is dumped into our oceans which is threatening for marine life as floating bags of plastics are mistaken for jellyfish and is consumed by whales and turtles. Therefore it is lucrative to use the waste plastic for road laying as a promising solution to the mounting crisis of plastics contamination. Also, it reduces road fatigue and improves the quality of roads as they are more resistant to cold weather and rainfall.
The complete process of creating the mixture to lay roads is:
“The plastic products that have been passed through a shedding machine to CKC will be bought for Rs.15 per kilo from the residents and municipalities.” says Kabeer B Harun as reported.
“Three recycling parks will also be set up across Kerala in Kozhikode, Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram as proposed by CKC” says Kabeer in an interview with Manorama News
The state government has ordered every local body to use plastic in at least 10% of the roads laid in the areas under their jurisdiction. The CKC will also sell the granulated plastic to contractors for Rs.20 per kg.
But is that all? Let’s consider the second thought. Plastics are virtually indestructible and any attempts to destroy them give rise to new problems and new pollutants. So what can be the possible problem with plastic roads ? Let’s look at the following points as highlighted by Dr.A.Vasudevan, a chemist from Thiagarajar College of Engineering (TCE), Madurai:
And despite all the talk about “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” — a mantra that ironically was promoted by the plastics manufacturers themselves – plastics production continues to grow at a steady rate of 9 percent. Will that curb the mounting crisis of plastic contamination?
Let us know your views on the decision taken by CKC and tell us if it is the appropriate way to curtail the use of plastics.
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