National University of Sciences & Technology, Pakistan

Involvement of Informal Sector in Plastic and Paper Recycling in Pakistan

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The estimated figures of plastic and paper wastes generation acrose the country is about 1.32 million tonnes and 0.51 million tonnes per annum respectively. In pakistan the history of informal sector is as old as recycling itself. The main reason for the development of informal sector is increase in demand for plastic and paper products, more market of recycled products and economically viable recycling process. In Pakistan recycling is not for the sake of reduction of the pollution and landfills over utilization but is the result of economic return from it. The waste management system is unable to adequately deal with the increasing burden of plastic and paper wastes despite the substantial collection by scavengers. These problems highlight the urgent need for the establishment of organized recycling system in Pakistan supported by strict legislation. This paper briefly addressed the issues and trends in the plastic and paper recycling industry, conclusion and recommendations. Various stages of collection, sorting, processing, disposal and reuse of plastic and paper wastes will be shown through photographs in the poster session.

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