Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), the seventh largest producer of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) in the world, has taken a significant step to recycle post-consumer use PET bottles at its recycling plants in Hoshiarpur, Punjab and Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh.
Whilst, most of the local authorities throughout India are struggling to put in place effective garbage disposal system, RIL as a good corporate citizen of the country has taken the initiative to help dispose off used PET bottles in an environment friendly and safe manner, and thereby reducing the burden of the local authorities.
To make this initiative sustainable and effective, RIL formulated a unique plan by involving all concerned stakeholders including rag pickers and collection centres. The effective involvement of rag pickers is very important as they are the main collectors of these bottles.
RIL has also undertaken the initiative of periodically reaching out to the rag pickers and training them in safety and collection methodologies to make the entire exercise sustainable and effective. The company also provides them with financial support, in an effort to improve their lives.
The network of rag pickers is managed by around 150 collection centres and vendors spread across the country. These collection centres and vendors now collect 80 lakh used PET bottles every day. The collected bottles are sent for recycling, where it is converted into usable raw materials for fibres. A major part of it is used as fillings in sleep and comfort products.
RIL has not limited its recycling initiatives to the channel of rag pickers, but it also voluntarily organises collection of discarded PET bottles from major events like IPL cricket tournament and other large sports and entertainment programmes. The efforts are focused to collect the large chunk right at the source and help keep environment safe and thereby educate the consumers & reduce the ill effects of improper disposal. RIL feels proud to have undertaken this initiative as this will help ensure maximum recycling of used PET bottles.
RIL, as a good corporate citizen, feels its initiative will help make environment greener and cleaner.
RIL has made significant investments for the recycling of PET bottles, and if needed, it will scale up the processes to promote greener environment.
( The author of the article Mr. Sunil Marwah is heading PSF exports and recycling at Reliance Industries Ltd’s recycling plants situated at Hoshiarpur, Punjab and Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh. He is one of the many active RIL members in creating awareness amongst people about recycling of PET. He has presided over various seminars and presented papers on PET recycling with an aim to create awareness.)
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