Chamber of Commerce to set up pyrolysis waste treatment plant

Plastic To Fuel Conversion Process

Aiming to ensure safe and scientific disposal of solid waste generated in the city limits, the Shivamogga District Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SDCCI) has planned to install a pyrolysis waste treatment plant, said its president D.S. Arun.

The pyrolysis plant, with a capacity to handle two tonnes of solid waste, is to be constructed in the first phase. An amount of Rs. 50 lakh is required for the purpose. The SDCCI would mobilise the amount in the form of donation from business establishments and the public, Mr. Arun said at a press conference here on Thursday.


Under the pyrolysis method, the solid waste is subjected to thermochemical decomposition at high temperatures with minimum oxygen. Magnetic technology is then used to segregate the waste in the chamber. The plant would be handed over to Shivamogga City Corporation for maintenance.

Members of SDCCI held a meeting with the Mayor and Commissioner of the corporation and they have agreed to extend all possible assistance to the venture, he said.

At present, 100 tonnes of solid waste is generated in Shivamogga city daily. The solid waste treatment plant of the corporation in Anupinakatte can handle 50 tonnes daily.

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike has installed a pyrolysis waste treatment plant in Byatarayanapura locality in Bengaluru city. SDCCI members visited the plant recently and were satisfied with its functioning, he said.

It is possible to process the solid waste, barring glass and metal, with less than 49 per cent moisture content in this unit. One tonne of solid waste can be processed in six hours. Plastic waste is converted into bio-fuel and organic waste is converted into manure. He said that two per cent of the waste is converted into ceramic ash that can be used for production of ceramic paints and tiles.

Mr.Arun said that in wake of non-availability of land to set up large-scale waste treatment plants and the stringent laws related to environment, the urban local bodies (ULBs) are finding it difficult to dispose of the solid waste. It has become imperative for ULBs to go for decentralised and eco-friendly waste treatment methods. A pyrolysis waste treatment plant could be established on a site measuring 60×40 feet and is eco-friendly too, he said.

Functionaries of SDCCI S.S. Uday Kumar, P. Rudresh, Ashwathnarayana Shetty were present at the press conference.

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