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Segregate 17% waste by June 30: Corporation to officials

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The Times of India        23.05.2017   

Segregate 17% waste by June 30: Corporation to officials

| | May 23, 2017, 09.53 AM IST
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CHENNAI: All zones in the city have to ensure that 17% of the waste generated in their jurisdiction is segregated by June 30, Greater Chennai Corporation has ordered its officials.

Corportional commissioner D Karthikeyan, zonal level officials said, was keen on source segregation taking off in a big way and was conducting review meetings every Saturday. Of the nearly 5,500 tonnes of solid waste generated in the city daily, 4,500 tonnes are garbage.

The segregated waste is to be sent to compost pits or bio-methanation plants. Some zones already use such fuel. One Amma canteen in Valasaravakkam partially runs on fuel generated from waste, while one near Chamiers Road operates entirely on such fuel, officials said.

The manure is also being used in corporation parks and the leftover sold for 20 a kg. "Compost pits in areas like T Nagar and Mylapore which generate lot of market waste are able to generate more manure," said an official.

Over the past 45 days, corporation officials in Ambattur and Teynampet have been going door to door, urging residents to start source segregation of waste.

In Teynampet, where staff of Ramky Enviro Engineers, have been helping, nearly 20,000 households have been covered, with 10% of the 62 tonnes of waste generated daily segregated. In Valasaravakkam, 1.5 tonnes of the 190 tonnes waste generated is segregated, an official said.


Cooperation from residents is necessary, said Ravi Nandyala, founder-president of Jeth Nagar Residents Association (JERA) in Mandaveli. Along with persuading residents to join the campaign, JERA is also trying to bring in a zero bin concept, where the dust bins on the streets are reduced gradually. "We have created litter-free zones and have trained people in segregating waste at their homes," he said. 


Segregation of waste at source must from June

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The Times of India        15.05.2017  

Segregation of waste at source must from June

| Updated: May 15, 2017, 12.31 AM IST
Madurai: Come June, a new waste management system will come into force in the city, making it mandatory for residents to segregate garbage at source before it is collected by corporation workers.

The Madurai Corporation will start collecting waste material segregated into biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste from June 1. The corporation will also collect a fee ranging between Rs 10 and Rs 30,000 per month from residents, shops and commercial establishments as per the by-laws framed by the civic body under the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.

Commissioner Sandeep Nanduri, while taking to reporters on the sideline of Happy Street, said that they will start collecting segregated waste by June 1. Starting June 5, segregation at source will become mandatory. "Waste will be collected only if it is segregated into biodegradable and non-biodegradable material. There is nothing waste. The biodegradable waste can be used for various purposes, including production of biogas, electricity and fertilizers," he said.

The by-laws for waste segregation framed before April were kept for public viewing for a week's time from April 1. According to it, a fine will be imposed for not segregating wastes and also dumping waste in open areas, roadsides or waterbodies. The fine amount will range between Rs 100 and Rs 15, 000 according to the nature of the waste and those found violating the rules.

Earlier, addressing people during the event, Sandeep Nanduri urged them not to use plastic bags, which pollute the environment. He also advised residents to use water judiciously. "At this time of water crisis, the corporation with the help of the state government has been taking all possible steps to maintain water supply. I want you to conserve water and use it judiciously," he said.

Where waste is turned into wealth

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The Hindu         03.05.2017  

Where waste is turned into wealth

Clean mission:A material recovery facility set up by Green Worms at West Hill.S. Ramesh Kurup  

Green Worms runs material recovery facilities and recycling plant

Did you know that the empty pet bottles that you throw away come back to you in the form of clothes? That the aluminium foils and Chinese cloth bags that you get from the grocery shops these days are actually plastic?

For those who think waste management is all about packing off their non-biodegradable waste in a truck, a visit to the material recovery facility and plastic recycling plant run by Green Worms at West Hill in the city will be an eye-opener.

Green Worms, an organisation that works in the waste management sector in Kozhikode, started the facility just five months ago as the next step in their mission for a clean State. Founded by social entrepreneur Jabir Karat, Green Worms has been focussing on waste-free events for a few years, at the same time setting up recycling facility in some parts of the district.

At present, Green Worms runs two material recovery facilities near the West Hill railway station where waste materials undergo a long process before they are either recycled or shipped off to recycling facilities in other parts of the country. Around 30 people work in the units, while there are teams of around five employees each in nine hospitals in the city to collect and segregate the non-biodegradable medical waste.

Plastic bags

The conventional plastic bags first go through a de-dusting machine before they are manually segregated into those that can be and cannot be recycled. “The ones with multilayer packing and lamination cannot be recycled. So we shred them to be used in the construction of roads. We supply the shredded plastic to Green Kerala Mission as well as the Uralungal Labour Contractors’ Cooperative Society,” said Mr. Karat.

The recyclable plastic is melted at high temperature and converted into plastic lumps that are in high demand for manufacture of pipes for agriculture.

Green Worms collect their raw materials from around 80 residents’ associations in the district, nine hospitals in the city, a few apartment complexes and panchayats. The plastic bottles are sub-segregated on the basis of colour and quality, crushed and sent to recycling plants in Gujarat, from where they come out as polyester yarn. Waste rexins often substitute coal in the cement kilns as fuel.

However, recycling e-waste is the most complicated affair, said Mr. Karat. “The scrap dealers often discard the plastic after extracting metal parts from e-waste. They have no other option,” he said.

“But, recycling is not the simplest answer to the waste management woes of Kerala, reduction is,” added Mr. Karat.

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