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Collection of solid waste gathering steam

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The Hindu       22.06.2017   

Collection of solid waste gathering steam

Corporation Commissioner N. Ravichandran addressing students on the importance of source segregation of solid waste.Photo: M. Moorthy  

Tiruchi Corporation to acquire additional 40 collection vehicles to cover more households

Having launched an ambitious plan on source segregation of solid waste across the city from June 5, Tiruchi Corporation is planning to strengthen its system of door-to-door collection of non-degradable solid wastes in the coming days.

The Corporation has also started reaching out to school and college students to drive home the importance of source segregation of waste to residents.

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. All 2.3 lakh households in the city, besides shops and commercial establishments, are required to comply with the new regulation. About 1,200 sanitary workers, monitored by senior officers, are engaged in collecting the non-degradable wastes exclusively on Wednesdays.

The city generated about 450 tonnes of solid waste every day and civic body aims at substantially reduce the quantum of non-degradable waste dumped at the Ariyamangalam garbage yard through the initiative. Residents are told to segregate the waste and collect them in separate blue and green coloured bins.

Civic officials say that there has been a gradual increase in the quantum of non-degradable waste collected on Wednesdays since the launch of the programme earlier this month. On the first day of the initiative, about 12.79 tonnes of non degradable wastes were collected. The quantum went up to 46.16 tonnes on June 15 and touched nearly 60 tonnes on Wednesday, Special Officer-cum-Corporation Commissioner N.Ravichandran told The Hindu .

The Corporation has identified about 200 vendors who would buy the non-degradable waste collected from residents for processing or recycling. The money generated from this is shared among the sanitary workers as an incentive. On Wednesday, about Rs. 1.70 lakh was distributed among the workers and the previous week the sum was around Rs. 1.25 lakhs.

“There is a gradual improvement as the message is reaching more number of residents in the city. Wherever we go to sensitise people, there is a good response from residents,” Mr. Ravichandran said.

However, the entire city could not be fully covered yet. With most sanitary workers collecting the solid wastes in push carts, the process takes considerable time. The Corporation has deployed about 27 mini autorickshaws too and these vehicles are able to cover about 2000 households a day.

“We plan to strengthen the collection system by acquiring another 40 such vehicles. Two of the new vehicles have already come and rest will hit the roads soon. This will help cover more households,” he felt.

“We hope to achieve cent per cent door-to-door collection soon and if we achieve this it will substantially bring down dumping of solid wastes in public places,” Mr. Ravichandran said.

The civic body was also conducting mass cleaning drives to clean solid wastes in public places, including vacant plots, in different localities. “Once we clean a particular locality, we tell the public to stop dumping wastes in public places.”

Simultaneously, the Corporation has launched an awareness campaign in schools and colleges to spread the message to residents through students. “We are planning to cover all schools and colleges in about a month’s time,” he added.


Drive for clean Thoothukudi

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The Hindu           21.06.2017  

Drive for clean Thoothukudi

Campaign:Volunteers distributing pamphlets on Tuesday asking residents to segregate waste at source.Photo: N.Rajesh  

Segregation of waste to take place at source

The Thoothukudi Corporation launched ‘Clean Thoothukudi’ for disposal of garbage in an organised manner, its Commissioner and Special Officer Alby John Varghese said here on Tuesday.

The exercise would take off in the west zone. Residents of all the wards would be educated on segregation of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste at source before disposal. Such a habit needs to be cultivated right from the houses. Pamphlets to create awareness of segregation and disposal were being given to households, who should be more responsible in disposal of waste.

He said that while sanitary workers would collect dry waste such as plastics, glass material, papers and other non biodegradable waste on Wednesdays, they would collect waste like food waste and other biodegradable waste on other days.

About 220 tonnes of waste was generated in the corporation limit daily. The dry waste would be recycled for use.

From biodegradable waste, bio-gas energy could be generated. Organic manure could be generated from waste and methane gas would be a by-product from biodegradable waste.

There were two projects and collection of such biodegradable waste would meet the needs of these projects, he said.


Municipality to set up mobile toilets at five locations

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The Hindu         21.04.2017

Municipality to set up mobile toilets at five locations

The municipal administration of Krishnagiri is on the verge of finalising on the mobile toilet model that would soon replace the existing pay-to-use toilet at Krishnagiri new bus stand. The model once finalised, will ring in new free-of-cost, water efficient mobile toilets in five different locations within Krishnagiri municipality by the first week of May.

“For now, we have proposed to set up the toilets in the new bus stand, old bus stand, coronation ground, Krishnagiri government hospital and the municipality park,” says Municipal Commissioner Kannan.

The toilet is being estimated at Rs. 72,000 per unit. The municipality has been assured of funds from the MLA’s local area development fund. Each unit envisions four urinals for men, and four toilets for women. “We have drawn from the experiences of other toilets in bus stands, where half covered toilets are of little to no use.”

The portable toilet model will be made of stainless steel frame and fibre sheet, with intermittent transparent sheet on the roof to allow natural light. The portable toilets will, however, be fully covered so that they are not rendered useless during rains.

To make the toilets more cost-effective in terms of lighting and drainage, the toilets will be set up, wherever possible, under the lighting provided by an existing street light and will be set up over the existing drainage channel. “For instance, the mobile toilet will be set up on the drainage platform at Krishnagiri government hospital, which at present does not have a proper toilet facility for visitors and outpatients,” says the Commissioner. Since, most of the drains are linked under the underground drainage system, this would be more cost-effective, he says.

However, once the first five toilet units are put in place, the toilets will be set up in 20 other locations within the municipality limit.

The model will be finalised by this week, and they are planned in such a way that they are easily portable, when the space will have to make way for a new construction.

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