#TrashTalk with RJ Priyanka – Vishwanath Reddy Talks About His Work with Multilayered #Plastic Waste

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Vishwanath Reddy, an accountant by profession, forayed into the world of waste collection almost completely by chance. When one of his friends, an employee at Hasirudala, shared his experiences with Vishwanath, his interest in the issue grew. He then approached Hasirudala, where he was educated about plastic and the implications of its use on our environment. On his first day at the job, he was sent to a Dry Waste Collection Centre in Ward 44. This particular DWCC is famed for its advanced conveyor belt technology and on the said day, the Prime Minister of Netherlands was visiting to take a look at the working of the same. While he was there, Vishwanath got a chance to interact with the Prime Minister and participate in various waste segregation processes with him. This became a defining point for him and he decided that he wouldn’t turn back and go to his accountant job.

On his first day at the job, he was sent to a Dry Waste Collection Centre in Ward 44. This particular DWCC is famed for its advanced conveyor belt technology and on the said day, the Prime Minister of Netherlands was visiting to take a look at the working of the same. While he was there, Vishwanath got a chance to interact with the Prime Minister and participate in various waste segregation processes with him. This became a defining point for him and he decided that he wouldn’t turn back and go to his accountant job.

As a part of his many efforts, he has invested much time in segregating and collecting multilayered plastic. Multilayered plastic has metal, plastic, and paper in it and the components cannot be separated easily. The process of separation, even if attempted, turns out to be very costly, which is why many companies refrain from taking up this responsibility. Thus, after segregation, they would be put the plastic in jumbo bags and have it sent away to ACC Cements. The items that are not recycled in a ward often include clothes,

The items that are not recycled at a DWCC often include clothes, shoes, slippers, and old bedding. This old bedding, especially, and multilayered plastic often pile up without a way to dispose of them or recycle them. In order to evade this pileup, they are sent away to ACC for co-processing. A mixture of multilayered plastic and shredded clothes and shoes, etc, can be burnt and the heat can be used to bake cement bricks. Companies such as Hindustan Unilever and Godrej had also joined hands with them to transport these bags of plastic to ACC since they would be certified for taking up the responsibility of the packaging.

Vishwanath has also consistently tried to educate the public about multilayered plastic and waste segregation. He says that the initiative taken by the public has definitely improved but hopes for even further improvement.
Vishwanath, who has been with Hasirudala for some time now, says that he feels no pressure at this job and enjoys working for the cause of environmental sustainability.

Listen in…

 

Written by Anagha Bharadwaj.

 

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