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Credai pitches in to tackle e-waste

V. Sajeev Kumar | Updated on August 27, 2011 Published on August 27, 2011

Kochi Corporation has joined hands with Credai to install plastic shredding unit as a solution to the critical problem of plastic rejections.

In its efforts to curb the e-waste menace , the Confederation of Real Estate Developers of India -- Kochi has submitted a proposal for an e-waste collection centre and to open counters for the purchase of e-waste from the public. The e-waste management project proposes to sort waste at source, recycle materials and handle hazardous waste to help create greener and cleaner environment. The proposal submitted to the Kochi Corporation is expected to come up in the next council meeting.

Mr Joby Jacob, Project Manager, Credai Clean City Movement, pointed out the issue of e-waste disposal has assumed urgency given the pace of growth of the city.

The Credai Clean City Movement is the participating agency for the integrated environment awareness programme organised by the Kochi Corporation, Kerala State Urban Development Programme and District Administration.

About 35,000 families living in 240 building complexes in and around the city have been enrolled in the bio-bin system to process bio degradable rejections to humus compost and thus achieve the target of solid waste management. Kochi Corporation joined hands with Credai to install plastic shredding unit at Ravipuram as solution to the critical problem of plastic rejections. It is the first public private participation model for the entire state, Mr Jacob said.

While running this project successfully, he said the Credai had noticed that the residents and Corporation were facing problems in handling and disposing of e-waste, used electrical items , batteries and other waste coming under hazardous categories.

Pact with Earth Sense

To tackle the issue, an agreement has been reached with Earth Sense Recycles Pvt Ltd for the collection and disposal of these categories of waste. However, the company needs transit storage space for collection, sorting and storage of non bio-degradable materials. Earth Sense Recycles will collect and store the materials under Credai supervision and shift the same to its central godown at Kanjikode in Palakkad.

It has agreed to pay for the recyclable materials.

Credai has located a vacant area near the plastic shredding unit at Ravipuram with lorry access as a suitable space. Earth Sense Recycles have agreed to spend for the construction of temporary storage shed as required by Credai Clean City Movement if Corporation authorities allot space for the shed for a period of 5 years, he said. “We are ready to manage the entire operation as a voluntary service as in the case of plastic shredding unit and hope this venture will be replicated acrossthe State.”

Besides, the Credai mission has also initiated steps to take up beautification of roads and regular cleaning of roads and drains. As part of enlarging its activities in corporate social responsibility, it has also taken up various activities which included solid waste management system with a sustainable financing methods.

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