Peshawar: Indeed, establishment of 1st ever Solid Waste Recycling Plant of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 2nd in Pakistan (Lahore Punjab) in District Kohat is commendable step and great gift of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led Provincial Government for Kohatian.
The said Plant is meant to dispose-off solid waste and indeed recycle it to make recycled products for reuse in the market. The production capacity of the Plant is 500 tons per day on need basis. The Plant would be operational in a period of 24 months at the proposed site of production.
Domestic solid waste and garbage is not only the local or national but global issue particularly of the developed nations. This issue in our country is more serious as compare to the developed world. Solid waste and garbage in streets and roads is creating environmental pollution which is hazardous and injurious to health.
Dumping of domestic solid waste in streets and roads is very unpleasant phenomena in our society as there is no concept of taking solid waste to dustbins. For that, we all as a nation are responsible. It is high time to create awareness in the society regarding this very important issue.
Like other parts of the country, solid waste is also the big problem of Kohat District and it is being intensified day by day due to influx in the city and rapidly growing population.
Launching of the project of Solid Waste Recycling Plant by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in Kohat is encouraging and warmly welcomed by the general public and social circles of Kohat.
The historical Solid Waste Recycling Plant is being constructed at a distance of 6 KM from the city in two phases at a cost of Rs.180 Million in Mohammadzai Union Council of PK-38 Kohat-II and 80 Kanals land had already been acquired for it.
In 1st phase, construction/infrastructure work has been carried out at a cost of Rs.80 Million and so far 60% work has been done and would be completed by June 2016. In 2nd phase, required machinery would be installed after June 2016 at a cost of Rs.100 Million and probably the Plant would be made operational in 2017.
Kohat city generates waste to the tune of approximately 100 tons per day. If waste from the cantonment is also considered, the total disposed-off solid waste comes to 150 tons per day.
It is estimated that by the year 2045, such waste will aggregate 400 tons per day due to rapid increase in the city’s population. Similarly calculated expenditure on disposal of solid waste is Rs.2977.963 per ton which will definitely increase in future.
The Recycling Plant, besides having the capacity of 500 tons solid waste disposal per day, will also produce urea and useful plastic products of common use. In countries like Turkey, electricity is generated from such plants, if this plant is also upgraded, it can produce electricity also.
On completion of the said Plant, cleanliness condition of the city and municipal services of the committee will substantially improve and the expenditure will reduce to great extent.