Hyderabad: ICLEI South Asia hosted the second installment of the Stakeholder Consultation Workshop here, where the proposed elements of a ‘Holistic Strategy and Action Plan for Plastic Waste Management for the city of Hyderabad’ were presented.
The various elements of the plan were devised by ICLEI South Asia in collaboration with the United Nations Environment and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan, in order to support the state government of Telangana and the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). The latter had pledged to focus on plastic waste management in Hyderabad on World Environment Day 2018, with the aim of reducing the use of plastics and promoting plastic recycling.
Under the project, the current status of plastic waste management in GHMC has been assessed in detail. The project is in its second phase where the emphasis is on reducing the generation and consumption of plastic waste with a focus on single-use plastic and promoting the recycling of plastic waste.
The strategy document deals with the following aspects in detail: Reduction in consumption of (single-use) plastic; Ensuring segregation, storage and collection of plastic waste both recyclable and non-recyclable; Ensuring scientific processing of plastic waste including recycling, plastic to fuels and
plastics to bituminous pavements and waste to energy; Strengthening the current institutional framework focusing on monitoring and capacity building of major stakeholders including the Local Government, plastic waste processing industries, research institutions, and other organisations including NGOs dealing with the same.
The strategy and action plan developed by ICLEI South Asia is an end to end document looking at everything from consumption of plastic and the collection, processing and scientific disposal
of plastic waste. The workshop also disseminated the learning from the pilot interventions which were conducted in Naubhat Pahad and Adarsh Nagar of the Birla Mandir area. The pilots were focused on the following : Handholding support to enable shift in consumption of single-use plastic; Provide viable alternatives to single-use plastic; Information, Education and Communication activities; Capacity building of Swachh Auto Tipper (SAT) vehicle workers; Scientific recycling and reuse options.
The event was attended by Ms. Hari Chandana, Zonal Commissioner, West Zone, GHMC; Ms. Sikta Patnaik, Additional Commissioner, UC&D Section, GHMC; Srinivas Reddy, Zonal Commissioner, South Zone, GHMC; Dr. Premakumara Jagath Dickella Gamaralalage; Programme Manager, IGES; and Dr. Yoichi Kodera, Expert from Japan, AIP. Representatives from TAPMA, RAMKY, TSPCB, CII, WWF, WaterAid, Godrej, ITC-WOW, CEED were some of the stakeholders present.