137 metric tonnes of banned plastic collected in 2 months.
MUMBAI: Officials of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) find themselves in a quandary over the plastic collected all across the city. The civic body has collected 137 metric tonnes of banned plastic from collection bins and dry waste collection centres in two months between April 1 and May 31. Since the state government enforced the plastic ban on March 23, the BMC had decided to install plastic collection bins at major public places in the city. According to civic data, the 137 metric tonnes of banned plastic was recovered from all the 24 wards of the city. The highest amount of plastic was collected from Bandra (H/W ward) with 30 MT. This was followed by Tardeo (D ward) 20 MT and Marine Lines (C ward) 16 MT. The least was collected from Mankhurd and Govandi (M/E ward). The BMC is mulling over various aspects over what to be done of the collected plastic. According to civic officials, the banned plastic should either be disposed or recycled, but the options should be financially viable for the civic body. “One of the options is to crush the banned plastic in a crusher. However, a decision needs to be taken on what should be done of resultant plastic granules from this process. We are also contemplating using plastic in road construction works,” said a senior civic official. The BMC is also planning to sell the banned plastic to registered plastic recycling agencies. However, for this the plastic needs to be segregated properly. There are only four registered plastic recycling plants in the state. Of them, one has closed down whereas three have asked for direct delivery to their plants. On this backdrop, we need to take a decision, which should be financially viable for the BMC, he added.