Coming Together to Improve Waste Management in India’s Hill Towns

A new collaboration featured in The Hindu aims to tackle zero-value plastics and combustible waste in Coonoor, potentially expanding to Ooty.

By Marico Innovation Foundation March 7, 2024 | 11:30 AM

A new collaboration between the NGO Clean Coonoor, Marico Innovation Foundation, Dalmia Bharat Cements Limited, and Marico Limited to tackle the pressing issue of zero-value plastics and other combustible waste—has been featured in The Hindu

Zero-value plastics, primarily multilayer packaging, pose a significant challenge in solid waste management, making up 80% of plastic waste and 25% of daily refuse. This waste can only be safely disposed of through high-temperature co-processing in cement kilns, a process difficult to implement in hill towns like Coonoor. The new partnership aims to solve this by reducing waste pile ups and on-site burning of textile waste, thereby lowering the carbon footprint of waste management operations. If successful, the program may expand to Ooty and other areas in the district. 

Read the feature here: ‘Collaboration to deal with zero-value plastics in Coonoor announced     

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