The unique advantage of plastics was in their ability to be reused, reprocessed and recycled, union secretary for chemical and fertilisers Indrajit Pal said here on Monday.
He was speaking at a seminar on plastic recycling and waste management that the Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology (CIPET) and the central department of chemicals and petrochemicals had organised together.
Inaugurating the seminar, Pal said world over the 4R approach (reduce, reuse, recycle and recover) was adopted for the effective management of plastic waste.
"The methods and technologies for recycling depend on the availability and the types of plastics to be reused and the level of techno-economic feasibility and investment," said Pal, adding that the industry needed to focus on proper segregation and collection of plastic waste for its efficient management. The central department of chemicals and petrochemicals will organise essay and quiz contests in Amritsar schools on the issue of plastic recycling.
Earlier, CIPET director general SK Nayak said the institute had a plastic waste management centre at Guwahati and an e-waste recycling laboratory for advanced research in polymeric materials at Bhubaneswar, and plastic recycling industry supported the effort. He said CIPET organised many workshops and seminars across the country for mass awareness.
Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora sought CIPET's help in reusing and reprocessing the city's plastic waste to save the environment. Municipal commissioner DPS Kharbanda spoke on the health hazards because of plastic waste and asked the institute to help control the impact.