The Cement Manufacturers Association (CMA) is collaborating with the Ministry of Jal Shakti and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, on various initiatives under the Swachhata Hi Sewa. The first phase from 11 September to 2 October 2019 focused on creating awareness against single-use plastic. During this period, CMA and the cement industry have undertaken extensive initiatives across 16 states, covering 377 villages and reaching over 100 000 people through training, mass awareness, and waste Shramdaan activities.
In the next phase, the CMA member companies have extended solidarity to Sachhata Hi Sewa by working with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to coordinate a seamless network for the disposal of plastic waste in the cement plants across the country. Both sides look forward to evaluating this experience to look at future possibilities for the environmentally-friendly disposal of plastic waste by the cement industry.
In collaboration with the ministry, the cement industry is also creating Ravanas made out of plastic waste across a few cities in India, which would be installed and disposed of coinciding with Dussehra. Plastic models of Ravana will be shown being disposed of mechanically in a cement plant. The intent is to personify Ravana in a plastic form as a demon bad for society and the environment, and the role that the cement industry can play in helping to overcome this in its plants in an environmentally friendly manner.
“Single-use plastics can be disposed of in cement kilns and there will be no environmental issues, as it uses high temperatures where hazardous gases get absorbed,” said Shri Durga Shankar Mishra, Secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. “We are very happy to hear about the plastic Ravana initiative on 8 October, where the CMA would showcase the process it is using to manage single-use plastic.”
The plastic Ravana initiative has been planned in select cities, including Delhi, where a 25 – 30 ft installation will be disposed of in a representative cement plant in the Ramlila grounds.
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/indian-subcontinent/08102019/cement-manufacturers-association-collaborates-with-ministries-of-jal-shakti-and-housing-and-urban-affairs/
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