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City gears up to segregate solid waste at source

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The Hindu          03.06.2017  

City gears up to segregate solid waste at source

Corporation Commissioner N.Ravichandran at the Yugaa meet in Tiruchi on Friday.Photo: B. Velankanni RajB_VELANKANNI RAJ  

The new system is to begin from June 5 on the occasion of World Environment Day

The Tiruchi Corporation is gearing up to launch its ambitious plan to segregate solid waste at source across the city from June 5, on the occasion of World Environment Day.

The civic body has intensified the drive to sensitise city residents ahead of enforcing the new system, Corporation officials said on Friday. Under the system, city residents are required to segregate their bio-degradable and non-degradable waste and hand over the same to the sanitary workers separately. All 2.3 lakh households in the city besides shops and commercial establishments are required to comply with the new regulation.

The Corporation has announced that the non-degradable waste, including plastics, empty bottles and metal objects, would have to be collected separately and handed over to the sanitary workers of the civic body once a week on Wednesdays.

The civic body has proposed to levy penalties, ranging from Rs. 10 to Rs. 500, for residents and traders violating the rules for the first time.

Repeat offences would attract higher penalties for different categories.

However, Corporation Commissioner N. Ravichandran said the provision for imposing penalties was only meant for a deterrent effect.

“We are confident that the city residents and traders will extend their full cooperation to make the plan a success. However, we will have no option but to impose penalties if there are violations,” he said.

Mr. Ravichandran said about 300 Corporation employees and officers would be deployed to supervise and monitor the implementation of the system. “An officer would be assigned to monitor teams of five sanitary workers each until the system stabilises,”he said.

On the sensitisation drive, Mr. Ravichandran said pamphlets providing details of the system were being distributed to residents and traders.

“We have also held meetings with representatives of residents associations to brief them on the new system,” he said.

An awareness rally is also planned on June 5 to spread the message.

On Friday, the Corporation, in association with Yugaa, a women’s social welfare organisation, held an awareness meeting titled, ‘Tiruchi…Indhu Namma Oooru…Namma Veedu,’ to sensitise the women on the initiative.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Ravichandran said the Corporation has identified about 200 vendors who would be handed over the non-degradable waste collected from residents for processing or recycling. He pointed out that the city generated about 450 tonnes of solid waste every day and civic body has already taken steps to reduce the quantum of waste dumped at the Ariyamangalam garbage yard by setting up 20 micro compost yards at different parts of the city to process the solid waste collected locally.

Terming it is an important initiative, Mr. Ravichandran called upon the city residents to extend their full cooperation and make it a success.

S. Amuthavalli, Executive Engineer, Tiruchi Corporation, who made a presentation on the system, pointed out that the initiative was an important one for the city towards reaching the top position in the Swachh Survekshan ranking next year from its current position of sixth cleanest city in the country.

Allirani Balaji, president, Yugaa, said her organisation would bring together women for improving the environment and extend its full cooperation in segregating household waste.

College students presented a mime and skit on solid waste management on the occasion.


Plastic waste clogs Kodappamund Channel

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The Hindu        30.03.2017  

Plastic waste clogs Kodappamund Channel

Plastic wastes choke the Kodapamund Channel near mini garden in Udhagamandalam.Photo:M.SathyamoorthyM_Sathyamoorthy;M_Sathyamoorthy -  

Public should have responsibility to prevent waste entering into the channel

The once pristine Kodappamund Channel, a natural stream that once used to host a wide variety of wildlife, and cuts through Udhagamandalam town, is now filled with plastic bottles and is being polluted with sewage waste.

Currently, the Public Works Department undertook the cleaning of the channel for a sum of Rs. 5 lakh, clearing tonnes of debris and waste, mostly limited to plastic waste from the channel.

Speaking to The Hindu , K Kalidas of OSAI, a conservation NGO, said that the existence of Udhagamandalam town was dependent on the natural channel, as John Sullivan, the founder of modern Ooty, was attracted to the Nilgiris because of the stream that used to host a wide variety of aquatic life.

“The water from the stream was tapped to irrigate the Sigur plateau, and it was even used as a drinking water source till around a few decades ago,” said Mr. Kalidas.

Mr. Kalidas said that priority should be given to the local ecology of the Nilgiris and called for measures to be adopted to stop plastic entering into the channel and also for sewage to not be dumped directly into it.

“There are waste management techniques and small technologies that can be adopted to treat domestic sewage and ensure that pollution is minimised and even eliminated,” he said, calling for small series of sewage treatment plants to be established along the course of the channel to treat waste water before letting it enter into the stream.

There is also ambiguity as to who actually has the ambit to maintain the stream, with the PWD, municipality and even the revenue department being equal stakeholders, said sources in the district administration.

While the PWD recently cleaned up the channel, the municipality has also been called in to clean waste and treat sewage, while the sewage treatment plant which treats the water before it enters the lake is also run by the municipality. Records also state that the revenue department is in possession of the land through which the channel passes.

The municipality has recently taken some perfunctory steps into minimising waste from entering the channel, with meetings being held with hotel owners to devise mechanisms whereby restaurants and hotels near the channel have a viable means of disposing of their waste without dumping it into the channel, but V. Prabhakaran, Commissioner (in-charge), Udhagamandalam Municipality, believes that locals and tourists have the first responsibility to prevent waste and garbage entering into the channel.

“We can clean the channel a few times, but it is up to the people to stop dumping waste illegally into the Kodappamund, and ensure that there is a lasting solution to the problem,” he said.

Mr. Kalidas said that environmentalist groups were planning on holding a meeting soon with the district administration to discuss water pollution in the various water bodies in the Nilgiris and to formulate lasting solutions that will ensure that they are rejuvenated and restored.


Coimbatore Corporation seizes 5 tonne of banned plastic bags

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The Times of India       21.03.2017  

Coimbatore Corporation seizes 5 tonne of banned plastic bags

| | Updated: Mar 21, 2017, 07.23 PM IST
Coimbatore Corporation seizes plastic bags which are below 50 microns


Coimbatore Corporation seizes plastic bags which are below 50 microns


COIMBATORE: After almost six months, the Coimbatore Corporation again started cracking the whip on people selling plastic bags below 50 microns.

The civic body seized five tonne of banned plastic bags from wholesale shops in Thomas Street and Raja Street on Tuesday. The last time, the civic body conducted a raid was in 2016 when 500kg of banned plastic bags were seized from a shop at Sundarapuram in the south zone of the civic body.

According to the assistant city health officer Santhosh Kumar, officials received an information on Monday morning that banned plastic bags were being brought from Erode to godowns in Thomas Street and Raja Street. The sanitary workers in the area followed the trucks and kept the officials informed about their movement.

At around 10.30am, two trucks were stopped and five tonne of plastic was seized.

Two tonne of banned plastic bags were seized when they were being unloaded from a truck. Sanitary officers and inspectors were also present during the raid.

Santhosh Kumar said that according to the new solid waste management rules, 2016, plastics less than 50 microns are banned and should not be used.

Nearly eight small scale plastic bag manufacturers are functioning in Velandipalayam area in the city. Civic body officials visited them last week and conducted inspections.

"We found that all the manufacturers in the city are following rules. These banned plastics are coming into the city from the nearby districts such as Erode and Salem and some also from Kerala," said a sanitary inspector.

"We have been creating awareness on the alternative options available and have been urging the residents to stop the usage of plastics. We will soon stick posters in all the shops and grocery stores in the city. A workshop will also be conducted on March 25 and 26," said Santhosh Kumar. He added that the raids would continue.

The plastic bags seized will be used by the civic body to lay roads, and a portion of it will be handed over to cement companies located in and around the city.

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