• NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar has launched the NITI Aayog – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Handbook on Sustainable Urban Plastic Waste Management in New Delhi.
• It provides a comprehensive overview of managing plastic waste by representing and discussing components of the entire plastic waste value chain.
• The Handbook can be adopted by urban local bodies to good effect.
• NITI Aayog CEO, Amitabh Kant reiterated the significance of the Re-use, Reduce and Recycle model and the need to create a mass movement around the use of plastics.
Material Recovery Facility (MRF):
• NITI Aayog in this handbook has suggested urban local bodies across states adopt the material recovery facility (MRF) model and implement it as a public-private partnership model for sustainable management of urban plastic waste.
• A materials recovery facility, also known as a materials reclamation facility or recycling facility is a specialized plant that receives, separates, and prepares recyclable materials for marketing to end-user manufacturers.
• The model is initially funded by private players, supported by urban local bodies, and operated by service providers including local organizations and waste management agencies.
• This model ensures compliance with regulations and improves resource utilization.
Mains Paper 3: Environment
Prelims level: Material Recovery Facility
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