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Massive drive launched to make Sivaganga plastic-free

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The Hindu      09.01.2018  

Massive drive launched to make Sivaganga plastic-free

Sivaganga Collector G. Latha addressing people in a church on Sunday as part of the awareness campaign for a plastic-free district  

Recruitment of 12,000 ‘green warriors’ has begun

The district administration has launched a massive drive to free the district from the menace of plastics and has begun recruiting 12,000 ‘green warriors’ – volunteers to inform, educate and communicate (IEC) one-to-one with the public to achieve the task.

Launching the drive with a signature campaign and logo release recently, Minister for Khadi and Village Industries Board G. Baskaran and Collector G. Latha impressed upon the people to say ‘no’ to plastics, segregate solid waste at the doorstep and avoid open defecation to make the district clean and green.

The district had three lakh households and there would be one green warrior for every 25 households to inform, educate and communicate with the people on the danger posed by plastic wastes and the need to avoid open defecation.

“The process of recruiting green warriors is going on in full swing and we will launch the ICE programme next week,” Ms Latha said. Simultaneously, the warriors, mostly members of women self help groups, non-governmental organisations and Nehru Yuva Kendras would educate the people on the need to segregate degradable and non-degradable solid wastes at their doorstep and opt for individual toilets.

All those who were interested in making the district green and clean could become green warriors. A massive awareness campaign with a series of cultural events, competitions, marathons and wall paintings would be launched at all levels in rural and urban local bodies, the Collector said.

After month-long IEC, the district administration, with the help of sponsors, proposed to distribute cloth bags to the people and persuade them to avoid using plastics during the whole of February before initiating penal actions in March, B. Kanchana, Project Director, District Rural Development Agency, said.

As part of the awareness campaign, Ms. Latha addressed churches and jamats on Sunday as part of eliciting the support of all sections of society. A Rangoli competition had been arranged for January 12 and the winners would be given 1, 2 and 4 gms of gold, said officials.


Municipal solid waste continues to pollute River Cauvery

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The Hindu        03.01.2018  

Municipal solid waste continues to pollute River Cauvery

Municipal solid waste dumped along the River Cauvery at Vairapalayam in Erode on Monday.M. GOVARTHANM_GOVARTHAN  

Dumped waste will be processed and converted into fertilizer: Corporation

With the Corporation continuing to dump the municipal solid waste at its yard in Vairapalayam which is located along the River Cauvery, leachates draining from the waste pollute the river as residents wanted processing plants to be established at the earliest.

Waste collected from all the 60 wards in the city is dumped in Vairapalayam and at Vendipalayam. Over two lakh tonnes of waste was dumped in the 20-acre yard at Vairapalayam that is located along the river. The yard is used for over 20 years and the mounting garbage had risen to a height of over 16 feet.

Setting off fire to the garbage by miscreants had irked the residents who complain of pollution. People resorted to road blockage and prevented entry of vehicles that carry garbage to the yard. After talks, residents allowed the dumping of garbage collected from a few wards.

Leachates from the waste directly enter the river that is already polluted due to mixing of untreated industrial waste and flow of drainage. Despite many organisations that fight for environmental protection raise concern, the dumping continues.

Members of Neerodai had earlier urged the district administration and the corporation to stop dumping the waste and also wanted it to be removed from the area. They said that leachates which are hazardous to public health enter the water and contaminate it further.

Corporation officials said that work is on to establish a processing plant to treat the municipal solid waste. They added that waste collected from the residents and commercial establishments will be processed and converted into fertilizer.


19.40 tonnes of plastic waste collected in city

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The Hindu       22.06.2017   

19.40 tonnes of plastic waste collected in city

Segregation at source:Corporation Commissioner S. Aneesh Sekhar, second from left, at the inauguration of plastic waste collection drive in Madurai on Wednesday.Handout  

Huge workforce deployed for ‘Wednesday drive’

A total of 19.40 tonnes of non-biodegradable waste were collected from all the 100 wards of the city on Wednesday.

Corporation Commissioner S. Aneesh Sekhar, who oversaw the campaign of collecting plastic waste on all Wednesdays, said three corporation workers and one official would be in charge of collection in Zone 1 (Ellis Nagar), Zone 2 (Race Course Road), Zone 3 (Chairman Muthuramaier Road) and Zone 4 (Periyar bus stand). A huge workforce was mobilised for the campaign, he said.

S. Tamilarasi, a resident of Alwarpuram, said “It has become a habit for me to dump empty milk packet along with the vegetable waste. I have to change my habit in accordance with the corporation’s plan of waste segregation at source as it is good for the environment.”

Additional dumpsters have been placed along the Vaigai to prevent people from dumping non-biodegradable waste on the riverbed.

Corporation workers and residents took part in a signature campaign in the four zones to raise awareness of the importance of waste segregation at source. Assistant City Health Officer Parthiban, Assistant Commissioners and Sanitary Inspectors took part in the Wednesday’s campaign.

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