Delhi metro recycles over 8.80 tons of waste paper

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has taken another major initiative towards the preservation of environment by recycling over 8.80 tons of waste paper within a short period of only five months. 

In Aug 2015, a decision was taken to recycle and reuse waste paper generated from the offices of the Delhi Metro. A specialised agency was roped in for the purpose and waste paper baskets were installed at all offices requesting the employees to dump waste paper in those baskets.

The agency then collected the waste paper, recycled them for use again and delivered back to the Delhi Metro authorities. With this initiative, DMRC has been substantially able to reduce the consumption of fresh paper since a bulk of its paper requirements are now fulfilled by recycled waste paper.

This step take by Delhi Metro shows that small initiatives taken within office premises can also help a lot in preserving the environment. Recycling of paper is extremely important since the production of paper involves large scale consumption of bamboo and burning of coal.

According to a study conducted by DMRC, Delhi Metro has been able to achieve savings in Power, Water Consumption and Waste Water Generation by the help of this recycling. Power Savings during this period was 15.84 MW; water consumption avoided was 2200 KLD (Kilo Litres/Day) while waste water generation resulted in savings of about 61.60 KLD. The CO2 emission was also reduced by 25.04 tCO2 eq. Apart from this, adequate reduction in Coal consumption, Bamboo Consumption was also recorded. Delhi Metro intends to carry on with the initiative and further increase the volume of recycled paper in the days to come.

Delhi Metro has also taken a host of other recycling initiatives under which many other waste materials generated by Delhi Metro such as horticultural waste, wooden materials, ss steel sheets etc are being reused after recycling. The kitchen and horticultural wastes generated is converted into compost and used for gardening purposes. A carpentry shop has been opened using packing wood of equipments and dismantled steel pipes. Broken tiles are being used for waterproofing of rooftops of buildings and new barricades are being made from broken SS pipes of broken railings.  

DMRC tries to incorporate eco friendly initiatives in all its spheres of functioning. It is the world’s first rail based system to claim carbon credits for its regenerative braking and modal shift projects. It is also constructing all its upcoming Metro stations as green buildings with provisions for solar power. A number of DMRC’s stations, depots and residential premises already  have solar power facilities.

While carrying out construction work as well, DMRC takes a number of measures to prevent pollution. For every tree cut during construction work, DMRC plants 10 trees.  Apart from the plantation drive, water is regularly sprinkled and vehicles with mandatory PUC certificates are only allowed to operate. The muck generated at the sites is also disposed of only at designated sites.

Anuj Dayal

Executive Director

Corporate Communications

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