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Greens ready for zero-waste project

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The Hindu       05.12.2017  

Greens ready for zero-waste project

51 local bodies in district form Haritha Karma Senas

Supporting the district administration’s zero-waste project, 51 local bodies in the district have formed Haritha Karma Sena, a group of green technicians, for the collection, segregation and disposal of non-degradable waste.

According to Suchitwa Mission officials, 48 grama panchayats and 12 block panchayats, which were short-listed for the project, have formed Haritha Karma Senas and finalised their proposals for setting up Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) for the segregation and disposal of non-degradable waste.

“Though a few local bodies are facing opposition to the setting up of MRFs because of the ignorance of the people, most of them are successfully proceeding with the project,” said C. Kabani, District Coordinator of Suchitwa Mission. Haritha Karma Senas are ready in all the selected grama panchayats to begin the work, she said.

The panchayats will make a monthly payment of Rs. 15,000 to each Haritha Karma Sena member.

Service charge

This will be in addition to the service charge of Rs. 40 collected from each of the households benefiting from their service. Till now, Kudumbasree members under the Haritha Sena have been providing the service.

Vadakara municipal authorities said they selected the members to the Karma Sena by conducting an interview under the leadership of their standing committee on health.

Door-to-door collection

According to the agreements finalised in the municipal limit, the members will be given a fixed monthly payment and a service charge up to Rs. 50 from the households.

Door-to-door waste collection service will be offered twice a week and the collected waste will be brought to the MRFs for segregation.

The MRFs will be handling all the shredding and baling and disposing work in a scientific way sticking to the parameters fixed by the Suchitwa Mission.

All the block panchayats have been asked to invest at least Rs. 31 lakh to set up MRFs. The cost of mini MRF units in grama panchayats will be below Rs. 7 lakh.

In Kozhikode district, the total cost for the zero-waste project is estimated at Rs. 70.43 crore.

The amount will be mainly used for setting up MRFs and training the Karma Sena members.

Rs. 70.43-crore project

Haritha Karma Sena will collect and dispose of non-degradable waste

Sena worker will get a monthly payment of Rs. 15,000 from panchayat

Material Recovery Facilities will be set up in all panchayats


BDA hits the right notes in waste management

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The Hindu       28.11.2017 

BDA hits the right notes in waste management

The Solid Waste Management (SWM) strategy seems to be one area where the Draft RMP 2031 makes all the right noises and adoption of best practices.

On a positive note, the draft plan expands the SWM strategy – segregation of waste at source, separation of bulk waste – to the surrounding villages in the Bengaluru Metropolitan Area (BMA) as well.

There are two opposing views on waste management: one argues that composting of wet waste has been a failure and advocates complete shift to Waste-to-Energy plants while others see them as polluting and non-viable.

The plan attempts to strike a balance by proposing eight Integrated Waste Processing Plants in addition to upgrading the nine running today.

These plants will incorporate both composting and WtE technology.

Organic waste is first composted, but the RDF it generates, along with other combustible non-biodegradable waste, will be incinerated to produce power using WtE technology, the plan suggests.

N.S. Ramakanth, member, SWM Committee, says this is an acceptable strategy.

The draft plan also incorporates the recent High Court direction for implementation of a micro plan and decentralised processing of waste. It recommends 12 bio-methanisation plants of five TPD capacity and 85 Organic Waste Converters of 1 TPD capacity for the entire BMA.

However, the draft plan has been criticised for what many see as ‘token’ recommendations.

Ramprasad, an Solid Waste Management activist, said that in a decentralisation model, every ward within BBMP limits and their equivalent outside must have smaller Organic Waste Converters, and that the proposed 85 will not be sufficient even for the BBMP area. He estimates that the city will need 300 converters by 2031.

Also, the plan does not stress on separating various streams of waste, like construction debris, animal waste, sanitary waste and other hazardous waste, and doesn’t provide strategies for processing such waste.


CRPs to spread word on solid waste segregation in city

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The Hindu        23.11.2017

CRPs to spread word on solid waste segregation in city

GHMC to pay CRP according to performance

GHMC is experimenting with the idea of community resource persons in order to take the solid waste management in the city to next level. The corporation has recently recruited a large number of community resource persons (CRPs) to spread the awareness about the importance of waste segregation among households.

A total of 3,600 CRPs will cover some 15 lakh households in the city and spread the message of waste segregation and against indiscriminate dumping of waste on roads and in storm water drains. Each CRP has to visit 600 households for which she will be paid an honorarium of Rs. 10,000 based on her performance.

Accountability will be ensured by way of paying the remuneration only after the sanitation staff of the area concerned certify the performance of the CRP. The sanitation worker who runs the garbage auto-trolley will have to confirm that more households are handing over the garbage to them rather than throw it on roads, and more are segregating the wet and dry waste than before, GHMC Commissioner B. Janardhan Reddy said.

Large scale recruitment of CRPs followed the success achieved in the first two spells as part of the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign. In the first phase, eighty-five CRPs were recruited to cover 52,000 households, and in the second, 153 more were recruited to educate the residents living by the storm water drains not to throw garbage into the drains.

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