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CSIR-NCL, RIL team pooled resources to produce useful products from the COVID-19 PPE waste

CSIR-NCL, RIL team pooled resources to produce useful products from the COVID-19 PPE waste

Reliance Industries Ltd. and the CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory in Pune are currently testing a pilot project to convert PPE trash into moulded plastic components. Every day in May 2021, more than 200 tons of COVID-19-related garbage were generated.

Key Highlights

  • Reliance Industries Ltd. and the CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory in Pune are currently testing a pilot project to convert PPE trash into moulded plastic components.
  • Every day in May 2021, more than 200 tons of COVID-19-related garbage were generated.
  • The companies claim that the pilot initiative, which is just beginning, has the potential to expand across the country to produce valuable and harmless goods.

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and several other firms from Pune teamed up with the CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL) to produce molded plastic components from discarded COVID-19 PPE.

The companies claim that the pilot initiative, which is just beginning, can expand across the country to produce valuable and harmless goods from PPE waste.

Decontaminated PPE waste (primarily consisting of PPE suits/overalls) was used in the pilot project sponsored by Reliance and CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP) Dehradun, with financing from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

It will be more effective when in an easily processable and upcycled agglomerated state (pellets or granules).

Waste management business in Pune, Passco Environmental Solutions, collected and decontaminated the PPE kits. CSIR-NCL completed the pilot study after receiving all the required regulatory permissions from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB).

To guarantee successful polymer pellet conversion, the scientists ensured the pellets have the properties required for a successful transformation, such as high-performance automotive components.

The CSIR-NCL team has proven to produce molded automobile goods using recycled PPE plastic debris in a proof-of-concept study.

Covid-19-related garbage, created across India every day in May 2021, is expected to accumulate 200 tons per day. The hazardous PPE waste at central waste management facilities is now burnt. Incineration is an energy-intensive process that generates greenhouse gases that are hazardous to the environment.

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