“CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad has developed a catalyst that can be used for conversion of waste plastics to fuel oils. One kilogram of waste polyethylene and polypropylene can be converted to either about 600-650 ml of petrol or 700-750 ml of diesel along with LPG,” YS Chowdary, India’s Minister of State for Science and Technology, said.
According to official figures, 27.18 grams of plastic waste is generated by an Indian per day but the country has failed to recycle more than half of t. “There are certain plants operating in foreign countries which claim to convert waste plastic into plastic oil/fuel oil/diesel. CSIR laboratories are involved in R&D of converting waste plastics into fuel oil by appropriate processes,” Chowdary added.
The present share of power generated from urban, industrial and agricultural wastes including urban soil share of these waste to energy is around 0.08% of the total installed power generation capacity in the country.
The Indian government has prepared an elaborate roadmap to achieve the goal of 10% reduction in import dependency of crude oil.