AP CM bats for making value-added products from plastic waste


‘The government. is committed to recycling non-biodegradable materials’

‘The government. is committed to recycling non-biodegradable materials’

Reiterating Andhra Pradesh government’s commitment to recycling non-biodegradable waste, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said the pilot project to manufacture value-added materials from waste using environmentally friendly methods The environment should be linked to ‘Jagananna Swachaa Sankalpam’, which aims to make all gram panchayats waste-free.

Attending a meeting with representatives of the Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet (GASP) on Tuesday, Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy said keeping all the beaches in the state clean was another priority for his government.

“Plastic waste must be collected and recycled. The state has a clear mechanism in place for garbage collection. The government is exploring ways to recycle non-biodegradable materials and the experience of GASP can be used in this regard,” he said.

Renowned international designer and founder of Parley for the Oceans, Cyrill Gutsch, who is also a GASP representative, gave a presentation to the Chief Minister on the collection and recycling of plastic waste.

Expressing concern about ocean pollution, he said plastic should be collected from the oceans and recycled. He advocated for environmentally friendly policies in this regard. “Only 9% of the 150 million tonnes of single-use plastic products are recycled, while management of the rest is a concern. Turning plastic waste into value-added products using environmentally friendly methods will pave the way for a new economy,” he said.

He explained to the Prime Minister the process of preparing building construction materials, furniture, clothing, shoes and other value-added products from plastic waste by GASP subsidiary Parley Company.


GASP representatives briefed the Chief Minister on the ecotourism project in Uttarakhand, adding that Araku, Ananthagiri and Rampachodavaram have great opportunities for ecotourism. The Chief Minister has instructed officials to prepare plans in this regard.

Natural farming

Referring to the agricultural sector, the Chief Minister said that the government has set up 10,777 Rytu Bharosa Kendras (RBKs) with one kiosk each in the state. “The agriculture and horticulture assistants work from there. Seeds and fertilizers are supplied by the RBKs once their quality has been certified. Harvest details are recorded by e-cropping. Each crop is geotagged so that government subsidies can easily reach the recipient, as can compensation for crop loss. More importantly, plans are underway to make RBKs centers of natural agriculture,” said Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy.

He said there is a need to strengthen the RBKs and encourage hiring centers for natural farming. “Natural farming methods should not be confined to laboratories. These should reach the farmers. There is a need to set remunerative prices for naturally grown products and these should be certified. The government is considering the introduction of a graduation course in natural agriculture and the establishment of a university.

Chief Secretary Sameer Sharma, Special Chief Secretary to Chief Minister KS Jawahar Reddy, Special Chief Secretary for Municipal Administration and Urban Development Y. Sri Lakshmi, Food Processing Secretary Mukesh Kumar Meena, Welfare Secretary being tribal Kanthilal Dande, AP Markfed MD PS Pradyumna, GASP Chairman Erik Solheim, General Secretary Satya Tripati, Eco-tourism investor Adithi Balbir, Director (Operations) of S4 Capital PLC, Poran Malani and other officials were present at the meeting.

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