Minister: Use of plastic in iron & steel industry can help curb waste

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The use of plastic waste instead of cooking and non-cooking coal in the steel sector will help reduce plastic waste, said Union Steel Minister Ram Chandra Prasad Singh at the opening session of the Plastic Recycling Conference, Asia.2.0 in Gurugram.

Mr Singh expressed his optimism that industries will play a critical role in reducing pollution on the earth, saying that the move will not only cut plastic waste but also reduce coal imports and provide new job possibilities.

In March, the Ministry of Steel had held a conference to review the conclusions of the Steel Research and Technology Mission of India’s paper “Plastic Waste Utilization in the Iron and Steel Industry” (SRTMI). At the PRC Conference, Mr SIngh shared that the study concluded that the use of plastic waste can reduce dependency on coal imports, minimize greenhouse gas emissions from coal consumption and address the issue of disposal of plastic waste.

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