Plastic recycling provides a livelihood to 20 000 – 25 000 persons in Delhi alone and is mostly uncontrolled. Its material efficiency surpasses that of controlled systems in developed countries.
Plastic from electronic appliances and other special applications contains hazardous additives like heavy metals and flame retardants. This critical plastic enters the recycling chain and cross-contaminates a high fraction of the recycled plastic out of which toys and other sensitive products are manufactured.
The SRI recycling initiative aims to remove critical plastic from the bulk secondary plastic using a market-based approach. Plastic and e-waste recyclers will be supported in through training and technology support to recognize and separate this critical plastic. Channels and routes to collect plastic containing hazardous additives will be established and the material will then be destroyed using environmentally sound technologies. Technical standards will provide clear rules for the handling, transport and destruction of critical plastics which can then be independently monitored.
The project is implemented by the CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, Hyderabad and supported by the SwissPlastics Association and the Swiss Plastic Education and Technology Centre (KATZ).