Kumbakonam! This temple city has set an example for tier-2 cities of India by effectively managing both its legacy plastic waste and new plastic waste, produced mostly by its thriving food industry. The city converts non-recyclable portions of plastic waste into refuse-derived fuel for cement factories and recycles the rest.
With an estimated floating population of 25,000 people a day, Kumbakonam had some serious decisions to make to spearhead this project and implement it. These have been showcased in this episode of ‘The Cleanest Cities of India’.