- RBI in Kerala selling shredded old notes to hardboard making factory
- The factory converts old notes to pulp and uses them to make hardboards
- It has received 80 metric tonnes of shredded notes in last three weeks
With so much old currency accumulated, at least the Reserve Bank of India or RBI's state branch in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram has found an alternative to recycle them rather than just burning them. They have been selling it to India's only hardboard making factory - The Western India Plywoods Limited - for recycling in northern Kerala's Kannur district, around 466 km away from the capital.
The factory, which was established in 1962, gets the old currencies in shredded form and converts into pulp and uses a combination of around 5 per cent of the paper pulp created from these notes with 95 per cent of wood pulp to make hardboards.
The factory has received around 80 metric tonnes of shredded demonetised notes in last three weeks.
"Previously RBI was just burning it and now we are able to use. We have to be careful about the percentage of the pulp from old currencies we use. If we get that wrong, the end - product will be a waste", PM Sudhakaran Nair, the General Manager for The Western India Plywoods Limited told NDTV.