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Karnataka to get three more material-recovery units

Karnataka’s Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Department are planning to build three more materials-recovery facilities (MRFs) in the coming year. Since August of this year, the first MRF in rural Karnataka has been operating in the Nitte gram panchayat (GP) boundaries of Karkala. As per, project coordinator of Saahas Zero Trash Management Pvt Ltd, which supported the project, the first facility collects almost 2.5 tonnes of dry waste every day. Three additional projects are currently in the works. Construction work is underway in Ballari and Ramnagar, while land-leveling work at Yedapadavu in Dakshina Kannada is underway.

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In the next three years, the government aims to build up approximately 100 such initiatives across the state. Mangala Resource Management Pvt Ltd is in charge of the pilot project at Karkala. The government had allocated roughly Rs 2.5 crore for the project, which was also financially backed by the local authorities. It is capable of handling almost 10 tonnes of dry trash each day. In 42 GPs, they collect dry waste from about 75,000 households and 6,000 small businesses. Dry trash is separated into 30 categories, baled, and delivered to authorized destinations at the plant, which employs more than 30 employees.

A seven-tonne capacity truck gathers trash from around seven GPs every day at the facility, which is built upon one acre of ground. A miyawaki forest has also been established, as well as borewell recharge. With the help of Hindustan Unilever Ltd, ZP CEO Naveen Bhat recently shipped non-recyclable plastic waste, generally known as multi-layered plastic (MLP), to a cement kiln for co-processing.

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