A great step towards Sustainable living -

A great step towards Sustainable living

By Govardhan Ecovillage February 11, 2019

The Pyrolysis Plant at Govardhan Ecovillage which recycles plastic waste depicts our intention of making the Ecovillage a better place to live by promoting sustainable living to the core.


yrolysis is the thermal decomposition of materials at elevated temperatures in an inert atmosphere. It involves a change in chemical composition which is irreversible. Pyrolysis is commonly used in the treatment of organic materials. It’s one of the processes involved in making fuel out of plastic waste. In general, the pyrolysis of an organic substance produces volatile materials and leaves a solid residue which is enriched in carbon and char. In another context, the process is a vital part of sustainability measures, as it converts waste such as plastic into reusable fuel.


n India, there is an annual turn up of 5 million tons of plastic waste, and the huge problem surrounding this quantity is that not much of these plastic waste is recycled. There are only a few places that take such initiative. The Govardhan Ecovillage in Wada, Maharashtra, India is one of such places as they are keen towards a sustainability culture and providing a safe environment. They utilize a unique method to get rid of plastic waste, a method which is highly productive. Ganga Narayan Prabhu is looking after this initiative at the Ecovillage. He oversees the waste management department at the Ecovillage, wastes comprising of solid, liquid and plastic substances. He takes care of the collection, segregation and all things involved in waste management.


he process called pyrolysis takes place in an airtight container that takes in plastic waste which is then heated in a gas burner to 90°C (degrees centigrade) after which it starts emitting vapor. The vapor then flows into a channelized pipe where it is cooled and collected as diesel oil which is dark brown. There is usually residues of gases which could not be condensed in the initial process; these gases then flow back into the burner as the process is repeated. As for the collected diesel oil, when further distilled it could be used in vehicles or as industrial fuel to power the furnaces.


any individuals who visit the ecovillage are usually excited to see this machine as they show great interest in the machine, seeing it as a revolutionary idea which they can implement in their own environment. There were at least 3 to 4 people who were so interested that they wanted to implement the process right away. As of today, the quantity of plastic waste produced is still not reduced. What is even worse is that it is now overturned into roads and blown into the seas. The amount of plastic waste found in the seas at the end of 2018 was very shocking, and it goes a long way to show that a lot of work needs to be done. Knowing that there is an unlimited availability of plastic waste materials for recycling, smart individuals are looking at it as an opportunity to build a business. It is a lucrative business to be considered. The future of this burner is dependent on social initiatives like the plastic pyrolysis plant, and it answers the exemplary model of living in harmony with nature that the Govardhan Ecovillage takes on. Not only the plastic pyrolysis plant but the wastewater management, water conservation initiative, green building technology, organic farming techniques, animal care, and many more initiatives have won accolades both nationally and internationally. The Govardhan Ecovillage has inspired others to make the much-needed change in the world. This initiative pushes everyone to try and make a positive change in today’s world. We need not wait for the government’s intervention as we let things slip away.


he Govardhan Ecovillage is indeed a miraculous place which supports such great initiatives — reassuring it once again to be an amazingly sustainable place to live in.