plastic waste: Despite taking multiple steps to address the plastic waste problem, residents and authorities in Bengaluru know that there is still a long way to go. According to officials at the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), plastic comprises about 20% of the total municipal solid waste of 4,000 tonnes a day, which ends up blocking the landfills in the city for thousands of years. Back in 2016, the State government issued a blanket ban on the manufacturing, storing and distribution of single-use plastics such as carry bags, flex banners, plates, etc. Fortunately, a Bengaluru-based non-profit Swachha has come up with a solution that can convert discarded plastic waste and convert it into tiles and irrigation pipes.
Bengaluru-based non-profit Swachha has come up with a solution that can convert discarded plastic waste and convert it into tiles and irrigation pipes. In association with the BBMP, Swachha has developed what they are calling ‘Re-Tile’—tiles which customers can use on pavements, as wall cladding tiles, apartment walkways and swimming pools because of their light weight. This is a project by the Eco Solutions arm of the non-profit. Swachha Re-Tile recycled floor tiles are made of recycled Polypropylene (PP) materials and utilise a unique interlocking edge design to eliminate the need for adhesives, making installation quick and inexpensive. These tiles are non-porous, flexible and durable. Our tiles remain steady despite heavy traffic and footfall. They can be installed directly over damaged or problem floors with minimal sub-floor preparations. Among the discarded plastics that go into the manufacturing of these tiles are shampoo bottles, cleaners, disposable restaurant containers, milk covers and water bottles. It takes 3-4 tonnes of plastic waste to manufacture approximately 10,000 tiles every day, he adds.
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