Waste to wonder: This plant could be a pointer | Noida News

Noida: With a spurt in post-lockdown construction activity since October, the daily disposal of construction and demolition (C&D) waste in Noida has nearly doubled now.
A waste processing plant in Sector 80, which had signed up for processing only 300 tonnes per day, is now treating double its daily capacity, officials said. Moreover, the good news is that the city has been able to recycle its ‘legacy waste’.
The C&D plant is being operated by Ramky Reclamation and Recycling Ltd on a public-private-partnership model on a five-acre plot of the Noida Authority land. The initial agreement with the Authority is for 15 years. The Authority has agreed to pay a total of Rs 495 for each tonne of processed waste to Ramky. While Rs 347 will be paid as transportation cost, Rs 148 per tonne will be paid as processing fees to the agency.
Mukesh Dhiman, project manager of Ramky’s C&D waste recycling plant, told TOI, “The amount of construction waste Noida is generating is huge now. While the big projects dump their waste on their own, for others, we have created 14 locations in Noida where construction waste can be left for collection and recycling at our plant.”
“Though the installed capacity of the plant is 300 tonnes, we are now stretched to process 600 tonnes of waste daily by non-stop operation,” he added. The plant has a helpline — 18008919657 — for anyone who wants to dispose of their construction waste and the same will be picked from the spot within 24 hours, officials said.
Ramky has also asked the Noida Authority to consume at least some portion of the recycled materials for government construction activity.
“In Delhi, 10% of the materials in government projects is now mandated to be recycled C&D waste. It is a green product and also half the price of regular materials. We are currently selling such materials for road construction, drain construction and other purposes. The price for coarse recycled aggregates is Rs 250 per tonne and Rs 750 per tonne for fine recycles aggregates,” Dhiman said.
According to the latest report released by CSE, daily construction waste being generated in the NCR region is one of the pressing concerns for both pollution control and waste management purposes. “The C&D Waste Management Rules 2016 mandates the recycling of construction waste. C&D waste not only causes air pollution but also chokes green spaces, drains, water bodies and needs urgent attention in the fast-urbanising spaces,” said Avikal Somvanshi, an architect and urbanologist with CSE.
However, Authority officials said that the city has been able to recycle its ‘legacy waste’. “The plant is functioning well and we have been able to process all old concrete waste in the city. The green areas, and other dumping grounds, which were previously misused for C&D waste, have all been cleaned up,” said senior project engineer of Noida, Subhash Mishra.
Builders’ body Credai sees the enhanced operation capacity of the waste processing plant as a positive development. “All major construction projects that were stalled during lockdown due to migration of workers reopened towards the end of the year. So, there is now a spurt in construction activity in the city,” Amit Modi, vice president, Credai (western UP), said.

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