Berhampur, March 4 (Localwire): Soon rag-pickers in the Silk City will play a key role in the fight against plastic pollution, as the Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) has inked a deal with a Delhi-based company to supply the plastic waste directly from them.
BeMC has already formed five rag-pickers’ self-help groups (SHG) that will collect and send the plastic waste to the company for recycling. The company would then pay the SHGs directly.
The civic body has identified 50 rag-pickers, comprising man and women, to train them on waste segregation and collection process, BeMC commissioner Chakravarti Singh Rathore told Localwire.
He, however, didn’t reveal the name of the company yet. Asked about the income potential for the SHGs from the project, he said, “We will not interfere, but act as a facilitator.”
Rathore said that the value of different plastic materials would be decided between BeMC and the company after discussions, and as per the provisions in the MoU.
While the company will conduct training and capacity building of rag-pickers, the civic body will provide necessary support like providing venues etc, he added.
BeMC also plans to organize public awareness campaigns on plastic recycling from time to time, he said.
The company hopes to make a range of products from the recycle plastic like apparels, containers and utensils.
During a recent crackdown on illegal plastic trade, BeMC had seized huge stocks of the banned items.
The state government had made it illegal to stock, as well use some plastic materials in five municipal corporations, including Berhampur and Puri, from October 2, 2018.