WeCare with The Policy Times is organizing a WeCare Policy Dialogue Series on ‘Building India’s Recycling Infrastructure’. The second Regional Conference – Southern India of the WeCare Policy Dialogue Series was scheduled on Friday 11th March 2022 where 500 industry leaders from SPCBs, ULBs, Industry, NGOs, Brands, Institutions from across the country participated. The successful launch was in presence of Hon’ble Mayor of Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) Visakhapatnam Smt. Golagani Hari Venkata Kumari, Dr. Sheikh Nayeem, Director of Energy & Sustainability, California State University, USA, Dr. Michikazu Kojima, Research Fellow, ERIA & Ex-Chief Senior Researcher Institute for Development Economics-JETRO, Japan.
In the inaugural session, Smt. Golagani Hari Venkata Kumari, Hon’ble mayor of Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) Visakhapatnam said that under the Clean Andhra Pradesh mission, GVMC plans to set up 225 waste transfers at ULB. Andhra Pradesh government banned single-use plastic as well as Green Tax. The online waste exchange website of Andhra Pradesh leads to 100% safe disposal of waste, tracking, verification & inspections of toxic waste. The government also has come down heavily on marine. Some scuba drivers are engaged in collecting plastic waste from the oceans.
Dr. Sheikh Nayeem, Director of Energy & Sustainability, California State University, USA gave a formula that waste can be managed by refusing, reducing, reusing, recycling, increasing awareness, education & outreach. Awareness education & outreach is very important in the waste management industry. Dr. Michikazu Kojima, Research Fellow, ERIA & Ex-Chief Senior Researcher Institue for Development Economics-JETRO, Japan said that the Japanese government tries to stimulate investment in the recycling industries to specify kind of Recycling industrial Park. The local government support national government support to develop the industrial park for recycling.
Mr. Saurabh Palsania, Ex. Director, Dalmia Cement(Bharat) Ltd. remarked that his company is processing an overall waste of 70 thousand tonnes per month across the 10 states & out of that 25-30 thousand tonnes is plastic. Mr. Amrendra Kumar, Vice President, Ramky & Whole Time Director Ramky-ARM said that they operate two plastic-based waste energy plants in Hyderabad & Delhi, three more under construction in Hyderabad, Mumbai & Rewa & two more of which recently got sanctioned by the government.
Shri Jyothish Chandran G, Director (SWM), SUCHITWA MISSION, Local Self Government Department, Government of Kerala said that Suchitwa Mission deals with non-binary wastes such as plastic & other NBI items. They collect these plastic wastes from the houses themselves and segregate the wastes & transfer them to the next higher level. Shri Chenchugarla Krishnamoorthy, Senior Environmental Engineer Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board stated that in Andhra Pradesh, the Swachandra Mission 2.0 was launched to make the state litter & garbage free. About 79 ULBs are having material recovery facilities where recyclable plastic & recycled waste will be separated. The non-recyclable waste will go to the cement plants for co-insulation & bio-waste will go to the composting plants.
Mr. Mathew Jose, Founder & CEO, Paperman said that all the informal sector has over the years played a key role in creating a value system for higher-value plastics. This ecosystem is a very strong infrastructure in the country. Mr. Ashish Jain, Director of, Indian Pollution Control Association remarked that waste management is a more social issue rather than a technical issue. It involved various components from the collection, segregation, transportation then recycling & finally disposal. Since waste is being generated by the people.
Mr. Kamal Sharma, CEO of, WeCare expressed that the MLP which is used by various organizations offers various benefits for food safety. Over the last 4-5 years, it has positioned itself as a revenue model for the people who are engaged in collecting the MLP and analyzing it for co-processing or waste to energy. They need to be mindful of all the technological side but also on the social aspects that how the society is reacting to it whether the society engages in waste segregation and that is the foundation of their business models of the waste management system. Mr. Paras Gupta, Director EPR & Sustainability, GEM Enviro Management Pvt Ltd mentioned that as a Gem Enviro also & other WMAs, PRO, they are trying their best to segregate to make the quality that the recycling industry needs. And then provide them with the regular supply needs. A value product that can be recycled or get more yield of the products. Technology plays a vital role in this coordinating audience industry at any section for any plastic. Mr. Akshaya Rath, Co-founder & CEO, of Ecoex, uttered that Ecoex has been one of the digital markets in India. There are more than 10,000 recyclers in India.
This was followed by the last session addressed by Mr. Nitin Agarwal, Dr. N. Ramesh, Senior Environmental Engineer, Puducherry State Pollution Control Board, Mr. Bernard Merkx, Co-founder & President, Waste Free Oceans, Europe & Director, GreenWavePlastics, Mr. Pulla Reddy, Regional Head- Alternate Fuel Resource (South India), UltraTech Cement Limited, Mr. Anurag Tiwari, Co-founder, Rekart Innovations Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Akram Hoque, Founder Editor, The Policy Times in his address explained that Technology R&D scalability of the recyclers & innovation is the backbone of building world-class recycling infrastructure. Whether it is China, whether it is America, Europe & Japan, they have been quite successful in building a world-class recycling infrastructure. Largely, they put a huge amount of money into building that infrastructure in R & D which is remarkable and there was multi stakeholders’ involvement in the entire process. That was the reason they have been successful. In India, EPR has become a big buzzword but it is not the end of the entire system of building world-class infrastructure.
To ensure a wide range of viewership, Dialogue Series was live-streamed on Youtube where a large number of participants witnessed the event.