As marine plastic pollution becomes a serious concern, an innovative technology, Bubble Barrier has been introduced in Lake Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) in Sundernagar area of Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh.
The Bubble Barrier Technology method was introduced to the lake by Geocycle, the in-house waste management arm of Ambuja Cements and ACC Limited.
An official said that Geocycle continues to eliminate plastic waste by commissioning its second phase of bubble barrier technology in BBMB Lake located in Sundernagar, Himachal Pradesh.
Bubble Barrier is a smart, non-invasive technology that is used to remove plastic from bodies of water, reducing the problem of marine plastic pollution in our country. The company has received an NOC from BBMB to install this innovative technology which will remove approximately 1,500 tonnes per year of waste from the lake.
BBMB Lake has floated with light organic material that has accumulated over the years due to smothering at the lake’s discharge point. The technology will not only collect plastic, but also lighter materials such as floating debris, organic waste, etc. from the lake, reducing the risk of choking. This technology has been installed in Himachal Pradesh with the ACC Gagal factory which will serve as a co-processing center for plastic recovered from the lake.
The aim of this project is to co-process only a non-recyclable portion of the collected materials, thereby moving them to the existing Sundernagar waste disposal site.
Recyclable plastics will be sent to recycling facilities, while non-recyclable plastics will be taken to Geocycle’s facility for pre-treatment followed by co-treatment in ACC cement kilns at the Gagal plant.
“We are committed to building a sustainable future by embracing clean and green technologies. Our co-processing efforts and expertise have created a unique solution for the sustainable disposal of pollution-creating marine plastic litter. This initiative will also contribute to promoting a circular economy. Continuing this mission, we will continue our efforts to implement this innovative technology across the country,” he added.
He said collecting plastics from leaks in rivers will help the local community around the plant. Additionally, the company has commissioned its pilot project in Agra which has already removed 500 tons of plastic waste from the Yamuna River. Recently, the company also received an NOC from Varanasi Municipal Corporation to install another bubble barrier technology.