Local bodies in Tamil Nadu are getting rid of their high calorific plastic waste by transporting it to cement companies, five of which are even spending more than Rs 30 lakh each month to do so.
Over the last two years, 54 local bodies have been sending their ‘high calorific, non-recyclable’ wastes such as plastics and thermocol to cement factories in the State. Of these, 49 local bodies send it to UltraTech Cements in Ariyalur. The factory only pays transportation costs for waste from local bodies within a 100 km radius, say government officials.
As a result, local bodies such as Tambaram, Pallavaram, Pammal, Sembakkam and Anakaputhur will have to fund the cost of transporting the waste out of their own pocket. These five municipalities transport a total of 100 tonnes of plastic waste to the cement plant as part of a 10-year agreement.