Despite taking multiple steps to address the plastic waste problem, residents and authorities in Bengaluru know that there is still a long way to go.
According to officials at the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), plastic comprises about 20% of the total municipal solid waste of 4,000 tonnes a day.
Fortunately, a Bengaluru-based non-profit Swachha has come up with a solution that can convert discarded plastic waste and convert it into tiles and irrigation pipes.
“Swachha Re-Tile recycled floor tiles are made of recycled Polypropylene (PP) materials and utilise a unique interlocking edge design to eliminate the need for adhesives, making installation quick and inexpensive. These tiles are non-porous, flexible and durable. Our tiles remain steady despite heavy traffic and footfall. They can be installed directly over damaged or problem floors with minimal sub-floor preparations. Moreover, they are resistant to most solvents, chemicals and abrasions, and simple to maintain, reconfigure or remove.
Back in 2014, Swachha teamed up with BBMP for collection and rehabilitation of waste pickers as dry waste collection centre operators and then decided to finish the loop for a circular economy by establishing their Swachha Eco Solutions branch.
In association with the BBMP, Swachha has developed what they are calling ‘Re-Tile’—tiles which customers can use on pavements, as wall cladding tiles, apartment walkways and swimming pools because of their light weight. This is a project by the Eco Solutions arm of the non-profit.
Reference: The Better India