Blue Planet – via new investment – offers an integrated solution to tackle problematic landfills
Blue Planet Environmental Solutions Pte Ltd (Blue Planet), Asia’s leading sustainable waste management company, announced a significant investment in Zigma Global Environ Solutions Pvt Ltd (Zigma), India’s largest landfill mining company.
Blue Planet is a Singapore headquartered company driving regional sustainability through technology-driven and IP based end-to-end solutions for waste management and upcycling. Zigma was founded in 2015 in India and headquartered at Erode, Tamil Nadu which pioneered integrated landfill mining. Since its pilot project in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, Zigma has won several awards for innovation and best sustainable practices in waste management in India.
“By adding Zigma to our portfolio of solutions to treat organic, plastic and inert waste, we can now offer governments an integrated solution to tackle its problematic landfills. Apart from significantly improving resource recovery, our technologies can also drastically reduce or eliminate the negative impact of existing landfill sites,” said Madhujeet Chimni, co-founder of Blue Planet.
Zigma specialises in landfill mining and full reclamation of land which is contaminated with legacy waste and suffers from environmental pollution and degradation. Founded in 2015, the company provides a sustainable solution involving multi-step segregation, treatment and recycling to clear landfills of deposited refuse.
Before and after images of a dumpsite reclamation project undertaken by Zigma in India to clear 15 acres of land from a 20-year-old dumpsite.
Globally, landfills are a substantial source of anthropogenic greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Governments, in Asia in particular, are developing enhanced waste handling measures to cut landfill disposal rates and combat the rising volume of waste generated.
“Besides upcycling and recycling freshly generated waste, Blue Planet’s vision is to offer the technological capabilities to clear vast areas containing mountains of waste. We have taken a significant step in realising our vision through this investment in Zigma, which can convert unsanitary dumpsites that are a threat to public health into land, which can be utilised for waste processing plants, parks and other productive uses” said Madhujeet Chimni.
Turning legacy waste into an opportunity
Open dumps are a major cause of social concern for local authorities as it is accompanied by underground water pollution, soil contamination and emission of flammable and toxic gasses.
“In India, there are about 23,000 open dumpsites which emit harmful gasses and puts public health at risk. We saw the immediate need to develop a solution to clear legacy dumps, avoid continuous contamination of groundwater and air and remediate land for regional development,” said Nagesh Prabhu, Director of Zigma.
Zigma has cleared multiple open dumpsites since 2015 in India and aims to clear a total of 3 million tonnes of waste by 2021 and 10 million tonnes by the end of 2022.
“Previously landfill capping was the only solution that existed but we saw potential in landfill mining to be a successful socio-economic business model and developed the required tools and systems, necessary for enhanced scalability and sustainability,” added Prabhu.
Zigma’s process involves landfill mining, which starts with waste composition analysis and pre-stabilisation processes including deodorisation and leachate drainage from open dumpsites. The company leverages online monitoring system with real-time data processing, which is made available to all project owners to ensure high quality of operations.
Zigma has completed multiple landfill mining projects in various states like Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and others and is currently undertaking 16 projects in various parts of the country.
Investment & partnership
With Blue Planet’s strategic investment in Zigma, waste processing can be augmented using Blue Planet technologies to extract and upcycle useable materials and resources. This includes technologies to convert inert waste into concrete blocks, plastic waste to fuel conversion, and decentralised organic waste to energy solutions – where Blue Planet has one of the largest installed bases in India.
“As we expand and look at opportunities in ASEAN and the Middle East market, our partnership with Blue Planet takes us a step closer towards the overall vision of creating a cleaner world. We will do this by combining best practises in waste management with advanced technologies from around the world,” added Ilangovan, CEO at Zigma.
“With Blue Planet’s experience in handling waste projects in Asia, we aim to help Zigma in expanding its footprint in the waste management sector around the region, and contribute to sustainable economies around Asia,” added Prashant Singh, co-founder/CEO of Blue Planet.
Blue Planet recently announced a strategic investment of US$25 million made by Nomura, to further efforts to develop an integrated and inclusive waste management solutions for the region.
Blue Planet’s key investors include the Neev Fund which is an infrastructure-focused private equity fund created as a partnership between State Bank of India (SBI) and the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID).
Source:Blue Planet Environmental Solutions