TTD recycles plastic into pipes for farmers

TTD recycles plastic into pipes for farmers

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has taken up an ambitious programme to reduce the use of plastic on the hill shrine of Tirumala.

It has set up a recycling plant on the outskirts of the temple complex, near Balaji Nagar, to grind 150 kg of plastic bottles (approximately 30 gunny bags) daily into plastic granules which are later converted into pipes that are sold to farmers for micro irrigation.

Thousands of pilgrims arriving at the temple leave around nine tonnes of non-biodegradable waste. Heaps of plastic carry bags and water bottles are causing irreparable damage to the serene environment of the hills.

At the recycling plant, the bottles are crushed, molded into raw plastic and later converted into plastic pipes. “We give crushed plastics to a cooperative society in Chandragiri mandal which makes pipes that are then sold to farmers at subsidised prices,” says TTD Executive Officer L V Subramaniam.

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