The Noida and Greater Noida authorities on Monday started the process of selecting a private agency for processing solid waste to make compost and bricks at the Astoli landfill site.
Around 660 metric tonnes of municipal waste is generated every day in Noida and 200 metric tonnes in Greater Noida. Since the cities were carved out, Noida in 1976 and Greater Noida in 1992, the waste has been dumped on vacant plots, which pollutes the environment.
The chief executive officer (CEO) of the authorities directed authority officials to prepare the bid document in the next fortnight so that tenders can be initiated to hire a private agency.
The district’s first solid waste processing (SWP) plant in Astoli will also have a 5-megawatt waste-to-energy (WTE) plant.
The WTE plant is expected to be set up[ within 30 months after tenders are finalised. It costs ₹190 crore. Officials said the WTE plant will be enhanced to generate 5 MW power.
“Our aim is to develop a financially self-sustainable plant. Once the proposed project takes shape, we will not only be able to reduce waste but also harness the energy from it and use it effectively,” the CEO said.
The project will be developed on a public-private partnership (PPP) model.
Agarwal further said that the second phase of the project also includes a 350 metric tonnes per day (TPD) compost plant at a cost of ₹35 crore, which will generate manure and a 150 metric TPD refuse-derived fuel plant, which will generate combustible fuel using waste converter technology, at a cost of ₹20 crore.
“We will soon finish the work on the boundary wall. Today (On Monday), I am meeting the health department officials of both Noida and Greater Noida to finalise terms and conditions for selection of the agency. The new agency will make compost out of green waste and bricks out of plastic waste in the beginning at the Astoli landfill site,” Deepak Agarwal, the CEO of the authorities, said.
The UP state environment impact assessment authority (UPSEIAA) has already given environmental clearance for the generation of compost and bricks at the landfill site.
“Once the agency is selected, municipal solid waste from Noida and Greater Noida will be transported to Astoli, where it will be disposed of scientifically. The agency will make compost and bricks,” Agarwal said.
“At present, we have environmental clearances only for making compost and refuse derived fuel (RDF). RDF is produced by shredding and dehydrating solid waste with a waste converting technology. The environmental clearances to set up the waste-to-energy plant at Astoli is under process,” said another official.
The Noida authority will also select an agency for collecting solid waste from door-to-door and transporting it to the landfill site.
“There is a legal hurdle in the selection of an agency to collect household waste. We will resolve the issue before selecting an agency for the process,” Agarwal said.