Anyone who has travelled via the many highways of India would be immediately familiar with the hundreds of food malls and restaurants that line these roads, catering to a wide range of travellers. It is only fair to assume that these malls generate tonnes of waste on a daily basis, given the massive number of vehicles that traverse these roads.
Well, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has announced it will convert the wet waste generated by food malls and plazas along the expressway into manure.
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To that end, MSRDC has already put into motion plans to set up solid waste management and treatment plants that can turn wet waste into manure and authorities are in the process of inviting tenders from relevant and interested parties. In a report in Mid-Day, a senior MSRDC official has been quoted as saying, “We have invited tenders for the appointment of a contractor for supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the plants.”
Authorities are targeting four particular food malls along the expressway that together end up generating 500 to 1,100 kg waste every day. Additionally, they have also identified seven locations where treatment plants can be set up.
The owners of these food malls will be requested to segregate their waste. The wet waste will be sent to treatment plants for conversion and the dry waste will be sent to landfills.
The goal is to find an eco-friendly way to dispose of waste and the MSRDC is determined to achieve it.