Himachal Pradesh using plastic waste to build roads

As part of Himachal Pradesh’s initiative to use plastic waste to build roads, every year, about 60 tonnes of plastic waste are being collected to melt 190 km of roads, an official said on Saturday.

Speaking at the state-level virtual World Environment Day function, Principal Secretary (Environment, Science and Technology), K.K. Pant, said the state has taken many steps for environment protection, pollution control and climate change adaptation.

“Himachal Pradesh has emerged as the leading state in environment protection,” he said.

Pant said that plastic cups, plates, glasses etc. have been banned in the state since 2011. Items made of thermocol such as cups and plates were banned in 2018.

Pant said that plastic waste is being collected through the ‘Polythene Hatao, Paryavaran Bachao’ (remove polythene, save environment) campaign and it is being used for road construction and as fuel in the cement industry.

He said the state has launched a buyback policy for procuring non-recyclable plastic waste at Rs 75 per kg to tackle the problem arising due to plastic packaging waste. Under the scheme, 135,600 kg plastic has been procured by spending Rs 87 lakh.

He said works on many research projects are in progress for strengthening environment management.

Also, an early warning system for landslides has been developed with the help of IIT Mandi. An air quality monitoring system has also been developed by the Environment, Science and Technology Department.

To mark the occasion, the Principal Secretary released the Climate Risk Assessment Report, a pilot study of Kullu district prepared by the department with technical support from GIZ.

A documentary film by Aarushi Thakur, who is working in the field of environment protection, was also screened on the occasion.

Previous articleSofia books pre-quarters berth at French Open, Iga on course
Next articleDjokovic sails into pre-quarters of French Open, to face Musetti
Arushi Sana is the Founder of Santerra Living and Co-Founder of NYK Daily. She was awarded the Times Power Women of the Year 2022 and Times Digital Entrepreneur of the Year 2023. Arushi is also a Sustainability Consultant for organisations looking to reduce their carbon footprint and also works with brands on social media to help them carve a presence in that niche. She holds a Degree in Computer Science Engineering from VIT University and a Diploma in Marketing Analytics from IIM Nagpur. Her interest in Sustainable Living and Interior Design led her to start a Sustainable e-Marketplace where customers can buy eco-furniture and eco-friendly products for everyday use. Arushi is a writer, political researcher, a social worker, a farmer and a singer with an interest in languages. Travel and nature are the biggest spiritual getaways for her, and she aims to develop a global community of knowledge and journalism par excellence through this News Platform.

Was it worth reading? Let us know.