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Plastic Recycling in Sri Lanka

Plastic recycling and waste generation at recycling

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Plastic Recycling in Sri Lanka

  1. 1. 250000bottles/hour
  2. 2. Million/month
  3. 3. Pabasara Gunawardane
  4. 4. Recycling In Sri Lanka (Society of the Plastic Industry, 1987)
  5. 5.  Sorting  Washing  Shredding  Extruding
  6. 6.  Highly polluting industry – EPL ‘A’ category  Emission standards are published in gazette extraordinary No. 1534/18 of 01.02.2008
  7. 7.  Dissolved solids and dissolved aromatic compounds are present.  Passing though resin beds and activated carbon filtration is practiced  Hot water is re-used by cooling  Larger scale plastic collectors clean the materials separately now
  8. 8.  Gaseous emission from machines during plastic heating process - Wet scrubbing, Using safety wears  Dust and particles – Better housekeeping
  9. 9.  Almost everything is re-used  Un re-usable matter will be sent to incineration.  Machines in operation - Enclose in a room to avoid noise, dissemination; servicing and lubrication of machines  Vibration - Proper mounting of machinery
  10. 10.  Plastic is melted during the recycling process, which causes it to break down and release the chemicals used to make it.  Recycling plastic is associated with skin and respiratory problems resulting from exposure to and inhalation of toxic fumes, especially hydrocarbons and residues released during the recycling process  Heating and reheating also degrades plastic
  11. 11.  Small scale recyclers have low facilities for the treatment processes.  The production of ‘Virgin’ plastic cannot be reduced.  The environmental quality of the countries where new materials are made from recycled plastics will be degraded. (China, India and Malaysia)
  12. 12.  Waste segregation practices should be strictly followed in the country  The monitoring of the discharged waste water/air and solids by the recycling plant should be monitored frequently  The government should involve more effectively to the industry  Reduction of the use of plastics nationwide  More safety measures should be taken when handling the recycling process  Increasing the awareness among the public
  13. 13.  Mr. Anura Jasenthuliyana Managing Director Ecosans Plastics Ltd.  Mr. Sampath Wijekoon Information Center National Post Consumer Plastic waste Management Project
  14. 14.  Container recycling institute(2014), Plastic Facts & Statistics, available on http://www.container-recycling.org/index.php/factsstatistics/plastic Accessed on 10th May 2015  Biofina group (2013), 5 Stages of the Plastic Recycling Process, Available at http://biofinagroup.com/5-stages-of-the-plastic-recycling-process/ Accessed on 10th May 2015  Ronnin, James (2011), Recycling Plastics May Be Better than Wasting, but Can Be Toxic, Too, http://www.eurekarecycling.org/page.cfm?ContentID=126 last access on 10th May 2015  Ministry of finance and Planning(2014), Environment guidelines for SMEs Sri Lanka.

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