With the government’s new initiative to use plastic for tarring roads, Kudumbashree workers in the city are busy collecting plastic waste.
When the Vilappilsala waste disposal plant was closed, the workers had stopped collecting waste.
The closing of the Vilappilsala plant had led to many issues, with the government and the Corporation finding it difficult to find a solution. They also couldn’t find an alternate way to solve the waste disposal issue.
However, the Kudumbashree workers have resumed collecting plastic waste. But, disposal of degradable waste is still up to the public.
Before being used for laying roads, the plastic will be dumped at various centres in the city, from where the government will collect it for paving roads.
Studies have shown that roads tarred with bitumen-plastic mix have double the life-span of conventional roads. With as much as one tonne plastic needed for tarring one kilometre of road, lack of availability of plastic had been delaying the project. The plastic collection will also be an additional earning for the Kudumbashree workers.
Meanwhile, the move might at last be an answer to the perennial problem of potholes and water-logging in places such as Thampanoor, where the plastic-laden road will be paved first.
According to the officials, once the roads made using plastic at Thampanoor are found to be a success, the project would be extended to other districts.