Plastic waste management in Bhubaneswar from January

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to curb the plastic menace further, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday signed an agreement for setting up a sustainable plastic management system in the capital city by January 2019.

The BMC, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Limited inked an agreement for executing the pilot project under private public partnership (PPP) mode for six years. Following successful completion of the project term, the BMC will take up its sole management.

In the initial phase, a 6,000-sq ft area Swachhata Kendra would be established near Sainik School which will cater to the needs of ward number 12, 13, 16, 25, 27, 30, 34, 40, 41 and 53 under the BMC. The project will be later implemented in all wards of the city.

The Swachhta Kendras also known as “integrated material recovery centres” will help in collecting nearly 5 MTs/ day of all types of plastic wastes from the designated wards.

“Our target would be to process at least 5 MT of plastic waste on a daily basis and for that all kinds of infrastructure will be provided by the BMC. The rest technical and funding aspects of the project will be overseen by the UNDP,” BMC Commissioner Krishan Kumar said.

Through the project, the administration will be able to bring the rag pickers to the mainstream and ensure all social security measures are provided to them.