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Kerala Floods: Recycling the past to build a future


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Mumbai: Kerala has started to rebuild itself from whatever is left to fetch. Bangalore-based Roshan V K and a group of 5,000 to 6,000 volunteers are just doing that. They are collecting plastic waste that is left behind in relief camps and the adjoining area, and dispatching it to recycling plant. The intention is to make a cleaner Kerala, stated Bangalore-based Roshan V K.

“It is time to upgrade— from ‘God’s own country’ to ‘God’s own paradise’,” added Roshan. The first consignment of recyclable plastic waste is expected to be 1.5 tonnes. “This is segregated plastic and this will be taken to a recycling plant in Kanjikode. I am expecting at least 20-30 tonnes of plastic waste to be recycled through this process.”

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If this is successful, Rohan has Phase II for this plastic cleaning programme. “Collecting plastic waste from relief camps and close by area by help of volunteers is Phase I. I have a Phase II in mind but it depends if I will get people to support it. In the second Phase, I plan to have an army of volunteers to collect other plastics and segregate them.” He is at present coordinating with around 1,000 people from all 14 districts of the state and has attended 15,000 to 20,000 calls already, he claimed. “This happened after actor Tovino Thomas shared his post,” he stated.

It is estimated that in four-five days more than 35 lakh bottles of drinking water is despatched to the flood-affected state, revealed Rohan, who also sent across couple of trucks with drinking water. “This is suicidal plastic and it had to be taken care off.” Roshan added that he want to serve the people, if this idea had not come to him, he was considering of volunteering too. This IT professional working with ABB India is happy that he took up this initiative which was supported by so many. He admitted, “I have taken a week off from work so that I can do this Phase I smoothly. I have informed by office too and they supported me on this.”