The Gujarat International Finance & Tec-City (GIFT City) in India features the world’s first integrated automated waste and recycling segregation plant. When the development is completed, the plant will handle over 400 tonnes of waste per day.
Envac, a Swedish company and one of the world’s leading suppliers of underground automated waste collection systems, installed the GIFT City plant, which has been in operation since 1 April 2015. When the smart city is completed in 2025–2028, the plant will handle its entire waste – an estimated 400 tonnes per day generated from 100,000 residents, a working population of 500,000 and an estimated 25,000-50,000 visitors each week.
GIFT City will comprise of 112 towers each ranging from 25 – 60 floors, residential and commercial zones, hospitals and schools as well as a trade centre. Each building will contain two waste disposal chutes that will feed into one of the seven on-site collection stations, covering organic waste and mixed recyclables. The system will address every element of the waste collection process, and talks are even underway to include an onsite waste-to-energy plant, which would deliver a full closed-loop system.
GIFT City has been designed to serve India’s rapidly growing financial services sector and will act as a a financial services hub that offers global firms world-class infrastructure and facilities. The landmark site will cover 886 acres near Gandhinagar, the capital of the state of Gujarat.
Photo credit: Envac