NUST organizes discussion on ‘Plastic Waste Management Challenges and Solutions

A panel discussion was arranged at the National University of Science and Technology by Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) in collaboration with UNESCO, UNDP, Global Water Challenge, Coca Cola Foundation and New World.

The event was attended by UNESCO’s Country Director Patricia McPhilips, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative on Environment and Climate Change Unit Amanullah Khan and Director Communication Coca-Cola Foundation Pakistan Aisha Sarwari. The event was conducted by Pakistan Science Foundation Chairman Dr Shahid Mahmood Baig. Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology Dr Nazir Akhtar was the chief guest at the event.

During the discussion it was revealed that UNDP is working on a project to transform Rahim Yar Khan zero plastic waste city. Once the project is complete, the same model would be replicated for the other cities.

Aisha Sarwari while speaking at the occasion said that her organization was ready to support research projects on recycling and proper plastic waste management. Recently the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Coca Cola for starting work on a trial plastic road project at F9 Park Islamabad. The test engineering results of the project will be taken from the project, after which this technology will be introduced in other parts of Islamabad.

According to CDA 500 to 600 tonnes of municipal waste is collected in Islamabad on a daily basis which contains 150 to 180 tonnes of plastic waste. By recycling the collected plastic, environmental pollution can be reduced.