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 the change of chemical composition which is irreversible. Pyrolysis is most commonly used to the treatment of organic materials. It’s one of the processes involved in making fuel out of the plastic waste. In general, pyrolysis of organic substances produces volatile products and leaves a solid residue enriched in carbon, char. In other context, the process is a vital part of sustainability measures, as it converts waste such as plastic into reusable fuel.

India produces 5 million tons of plastic waste per year…not much of it is recycled but there are some places take that such initiatives. One such place is Govardhan Ecovillage in Wada, Maharashtra, India. Their unique method of getting rid of plastic waste is close to prolific. Ganga Narayan Prabhu is looking after this initiative at the Ecovillage. He takes care of the waste management department at the Ecovillage, comprising of solid, liquid and plastic waste; its collection, segregation and all things involved in waste management.

The process is called pyrolysis. It’s an air tight container that takes plastic in which is then heated in all gas burner to 90-degree C after which it starts emitting vapors. Those vapors go in a channelized pipe and gets cooled and is collected as a diesel oil which is dark brown in color. Whatever gas that could not be condensed goes back into the burner for the same process. If its distilled further, it could be used into vehicles or in the burners as an industrial fuel to fire furnaces.

Many visitors visiting the Ecovillage came to see this machine and showed great interest in it as they thought it to be a revolutionary idea and wanted to implement it. There were at least 3 to 4 people who wanted to implement it right away. Today, the plastic waste is not getting reduced and it’s coming to the road, into the sea like anything. This can be tapped, and one can make good business out of it. It’s definitely 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 Govardhan Ecovillage takes on. Not only the plastic pyrolysis plant but the waste water management, water conservation initiatives, green building technology, organic farming techniques, animal care and many more initiatives have won accolades nationally and internationally.

Govardhan Ecovillage has provided the inspiration to make the much-needed change in the world. This initiative pushes everyone to try and make a positive change in today’s world. Govardhan Ecovillage is truly a miraculous place supporting such great initiatives and reassuring it once again to be one the sustainable places to live in.