Varanasi, April 5th (IANS) A unique waste bank has opened in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi, the constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to help keep the environment clean. This bank involves transactions through plastic waste. The plastic is collected by the residents of the city, volunteers from the plastic waste bank and consumers and deposited here.

When the amount of plastic is less, a person is given a cloth bag or face mask in place of that plastic waste. If a large amount of plastic is brought in, people will be given money based on the weight of the plastic waste. This bank helps fill people’s pockets in exchange for plastic garbage.

This bank in Maldahiya in Varanasi is known as the “Plastic Garbage Bank”.

According to community commissioner Gaurang Rathi, KGN and UNDP are working on the model of public-private engagement (PSA). A plant with a capacity of ten tons was built in Ashapur in Varanasi. There is a ban on polyethylene in the city. Tetra packs and water bottles are in circulation and are disposed of through recycling.

KGN director Sabir Ali said the city collects almost two tons of polyethylene waste every day. Apart from that, used drinking water bottles are bought for Rs 25 per kg. After processing this waste, it sells for almost Rs 32 to 38 per kg.

He said plastic buckets, cans, mugs, etc. are bought at Rs 10 per kg, which are sold after saving Rs four to five. The bank also takes waste such as cardboard, etc., for recycling. The plastic waste collected in this bank is deposited in the sewage treatment plant in Ashapur. The plastic waste is put under pressure with the help of a printing machine.

The plastic is separated, whereby the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles are pressed with a hydraulic baler and collected in the form of a bundle that is sent for further processing. Other plastic waste is also separated and sent for recycling. This waste is then sent to Kanpur and other places, where plastic pipes, polyester threads, shoelaces and other materials are made from the plastic waste with the help of a machine. In this initiative of the city administration, this bank was created for the disposal of plastic waste.

VD Tripathi, chairman of the Mahamana Malviya Ganga Research Center, BHU, said that when the polyethylene that enters the nose is burned, the carbon molecules are smaller and lighter. This decreases a person’s ability to breathe. The plastic cannot simply be disposed of.

When the burned plastic waste is ingested by living organisms, it leads to a swollen stomach that ultimately leads to death. If this plastic is thrown on the street and eaten by cows and other animals, it is harmful to them. It does more physical harm than poisoning. There are many advantages to opening such a waste bank.

– IANS

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