Automated waste recycling plant to come up at Edayar industrial estate | Thiruvananthapuram News

Thiruvananthapuram: The state government is set to establish the first automated waste recycling facility at Edayar. The department of industries will allot two acres in Edayar Industrial Estate, managed by director of industries, to process waste from municipalities, plastics, construction and demolition and slaughter houses.
Executive director, Suchitwa Mission, had earlier requested the department of industries for the land at Edayar Industrial Estate to set up a pilot automated waste recycling plant. The plant will be set up by private firms identified by Suchitwa Mission. The automated waste recycling plant is being planned at an industrial estate as part of the implementation of government’s decision to earmark 5% of land in industrial parks exclusively for recycling and recovery.
As per rule 11(i) of the Solid Waste Management Rules 2016, the secretary-in-charge, urban development, in the state can direct the developers of special economic zone, industrial estate, industrial park to earmark at least 5% of the total area of the plot or minimum five plots or sheds for recovery and recycling facility.
Suchitwa Mission had earlier invited expression of interest (EoI) from operators/companies/firms to setup and operate automated waste processing units (WPUs) for processing biodegradable and non-biodegradable municipal solid waste in land available at various industrial parks under the department of industries in the state.
The state government is advocating automated WPUs as part of one of the key goals of Swachh Bharat Mission which is to achieve 100% scientific processing of municipal solid waste (MSW). Suchitwa Mission is focusing on achieving this target by ensuring modern waste treatment facilities with automated systems and advanced pollution control measures for various streams of waste generated.
The state government has earmarked land of area up to one acre in select industrial parks under department of industries in Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Thrissur districts for setting up such plants. All these industrial parks have support infrastructure facilities such as power & water, and the land will be provided at concessional rates. A special scheme has been framed for allotment of land at concessional rates, as per the expression of interest document published by Suchitwa Mission in 2019.
The WPU will be PLC (programmable logic controller) operated requiring minimal manual intervention.The contractor will have to set up and operate the WPUs to process all forms of plastics — recyclable and non-recyclable. No form of incineration or landfill would be allowed on site. All waste received should either be recycled or packaged/baled for onward transmission to scientific disposal centres.
LSG officials said that the mission will focus on engaging firms with capacity to also recycle garments, fabric and metallic waste and those which can process kitchen and slaughterhouse waste. All revenue from the waste would belong to the contractor. The government may accept a reasonable user fee.

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