Delhi: Ghazipur waste-to-energy plant to resume operations, ease load on landfill

Delhi: 4 May, 2022 (Times of India)


NEW DELHI: After being closed for maintenance for over six months, the waste-to-energy plant at Ghazipur will become operational on May 5.

The plant has been utilising 1,400-1,500 metric tonnes of municipal waste and refuse derived (RDF) fuel waste daily. Due to maintenance work, East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) was facing problems in disposing of fresh waste, which was being dumped at the already saturated Ghazipur landfill. Last month, two fire incidents were reported in the area where fresh waste was being dumped.

“The concessionaire has confirmed that the plant will begin operation from Thursday with consumption of waste in small quantities in the beginning. By May 15-20, it will become fully operational,” said a senior EDMC official. East Delhi generates 2,500-2,700 tonnes of waste every day, of which 1,500 tonnes go to the WTE plant, 200 tonnes for composting and the remaining amount to the landfill site.

Besides using fresh waste at the WTE plant, RDF was also being used as a huge stock had piled up at the landfill. “RDF is generated after bioremediation of legacy waste, but due to no takers for the material in Delhi and noconsumption of stock at the WTE plant, the stock at Ghazipur has increased a lot,” said the official.

Currently, over 15,000 tonnes of RDF, such as non-recyclable plastic and papers, are piled up at the landfill. To dispose of it, the corporation has written to the cement industries association. “We have invited them to use RDF at their kilns located outside Delhi for incineration. We have requested them to finalise the modalities for collection and transportation of the material,” the official said.

EDMC needs more space at the landfill to set up five pairs of trommel machines, each with the capacity to process 900 tonnes of legacy waste every day. “We have sought the finance department’s approval after which we will place it before the commissioner before inviting empanelled agencies to install and operate the machines,” said the official.

As of now, 26 trommel machines are operational at Ghazipur, including four pairs of machines with a capacity to process 50 tonnes of waste per hour. Through them, EDMC processes 2,500-3,000 tonnes of waste daily.