Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 17
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has recycled over 8.80 tonnes of waste paper in the recent months, fresh production of which would have entailed 15.84 MW power, over 2,200 KLD water and considerable CO2 emissions.
DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal said that recycling policy was framed in August 2015. A specialised agency was roped in for the purpose that has started recycling work of waste paper.
This step take by Delhi Metro shows that small initiatives taken within office premises can also help a lot in preserving environment. Recycling of paper is extremely important since the production of paper involves large scale consumption of bamboo and burning of coal.
The agency then collected the waste paper, recycled them for use again and delivered back to the Metro authorities, thus being able to "substantially" reduce the consumption of fresh paper since a bulk of the requirements are now fulfilled by recycled waste paper, he said.
"According to a study conducted by DMRC, Metro has been able to achieve savings by the help of this recycling. Power savings during this period was 15.84 MW; water consumption avoided was 2,200 KLD (Kilo Litres/Day) while waste water generation resulted in savings of about 61.60 KLD. The CO2 emission was also reduced by 25.04 tCO2 eq," Dayal added.
Delhi Metro has also taken a host of other recycling initiatives under which many other waste materials generated by Delhi Metro such as horticultural waste, wooden materials, steel sheets, etc are being used after recycling. The kitchen and horticultural waste generated is converted into compost and used for gardening purposes. A carpentry shop has been opened using packing wood of equipments and dismantled steel pipes. Broken tiles are being used for waterproofing of rooftops of buildings and new barricades are being made from broken SS pipes of broken railings.