Target: Shri Kamal Nath, Minister of India’s Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organization
Goal: Applaud India for opening it’s first construction and demolition recycling facility
India produces between 10 and 15 tons of construction and demolition waste each year. This waste is usually dumped into landfills, but existing landfills are filling up and there is growing concern about the lack of landfill space. To deal with the waste problem in a sustainable way, India recently opened up its first construction and demolition waste recycling facility.
To address the difference between the available supply of materials and demand, India’s Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS) recently set up India’s first Construction & Demolition (C&D) waste recycling facility in Burari, New Delhi. It’s set up on seven acres of low, marshy land and processes waste from three designated zones in Delhi. The facility operates at a capacity of 500 tones per day, processing waste into recycled materials that can be used for making bricks and building roads.
Over the past 22 months, the new recycling facility has collected over 450,000 tons of waste. Although the project’s expenditure cost is estimated at $3.31, the capital expenditure is expected to be recovered by deriving value from the processed waste over the next decade. Not only will recycling this waste cause less pressure on the region’s natural resources, but it also will lead to employment opportunities in the waste sector.
Sign the below petition to applaud the Indian government’s Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organization for opening a new recycling facility to improve municipal solid waste management services.
Dear Minister Nath,
As you know, India’s construction and demolition industries create a tremendous amount of waste in the country. Not only is landfill space becoming limited, but these landfills put the region’s natural resources and public health at risk.
Thank you for implementing the environmentally sustainable waste management option and opening a construction and demolition recycling facility in Burari, New Delhi. By recycling these waste materials, you are utilizing products that are useful in building roads and making bricks. By opening the new recycling facility, you are also providing local residents with valuable employment opportunities in the waste sector.
I am urging you to work with local environmental groups to gauge the impact of your recycling facility and make the best use of recycled construction and demolition materials. With your help, we can reduce the environmental impact of waste in India and benefit the local economy too.
[Your Name Here]
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