Engineering student from Malkajgiri makes paver blocks from waste plastic

G.Sowmya Priya, a fourth-year engineering student of Malla Reddy Institute of Technology, believes in not burdening the mother nature with harmful material such as plastic. "The solution lies in recycling the plastic waste and making use of it," she says.

By Author  |  Published: 8th Nov 2019  9:38 pmUpdated: 9th Nov 2019  12:15 am
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As the battle against plastic usage gains momentum, this young girl from Malkajgiri has come up with an easy to implement innovative solution in recycling waste into useful material.

G.Sowmya Priya, a fourth-year engineering student of Malla Reddy Institute of Technology, believes in not burdening the mother nature with harmful material such as plastic. “The solution lies in recycling the plastic waste and making use of it,” she says.

The 22 year-old has made use of plastic discards such as covers, water bottles and others, to make blocks that could be used to pave the street sides. In fact, Priya came up with the idea while mulling for her project work as part of her academics. “Initially, I worked on preparing bricks through plastic but it did not work out. It was then, I decided to work on paver blocks. However, it was not an easy task as the effort bore fruits only after eight attempts,” says Priya.

She used a kg of plastic bottles and covers, put them in a container and melt it on stove till it turned into a fine material which then is allowed to settle down as a block.  “It takes around 30 minutes for making one block and so far I have made 10 such blocks,” she says. The initiative entailed quite a bit of research in melting processes, ingredients to be added and coming up with a right composition. Though the eco-friendly measure is popular in foreign countries, Indian cities are not much used to it, she Priya points out.

The youngster believes that waste management initiatives alone have the potential to deal with plastics waste. “Instead of worsening the environment and burdening the soil with plastic dumps, what we need to do is turn the plastic into some usable material,” Priya concludes.