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Spread of fire prevented at dumpyard

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The Hindu     24.02.2017 

Spread of fire prevented at dumpyard

Uncontrolled burning of mounting garbage at Vendipalayam dumpyard causes health hazards to residents in surrounding localities in Erode city.PHOTO: M. GOVARTHANM.GOVARTHAN ;M.GOVARTHAN - M_GOVARTHAN  

The spread of fire at Vendipalayam garbage dumpyard was controlled by the Fire and Rescue Services personnel in the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday.

Smoke was found emanating from garbage at a few places during the course of Thursday.

The spread had been averted, said Corporation Commissioner Seeni Ajmal Khan.

Presence of workers at a solid waste management unit operating out of the dumpyard helped in early detection of fire and follow up measures, the Commissioner said.

He added that a few borewells would be dug at the site to maintain wetness of the garbage mounds during summer.

Twice in recent years, there were major fires at the dumpyard. Release of combustible methane gas from decomposing organic garbage had caused the conflagration.


Plastic waste clogs city canals and open drains

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The Hindu       13.02.2017   

Plastic waste clogs city canals and open drains

Plastic waste dumped in the canal on Williams Road in Tiruchi on Sunday.— Photo: M. SrinathM_SRINATH  

Due to a floating population that visits the Central Bus Stand, a canal on Williams Road has become an eyesore

Though there is a ban on plastic carry bags in Tiruchi, open drainage, storm water and underground drainage canals continue to be clogged due to the indiscriminate dumping of plastic.

There is not a single canal that is free of plastics. Plastic materials particularly carry bags and plastic bottles clog the drains.

The problem is acute in the canals located in Cantonment.

Due to the floating population that visits the Central Bus Stand, a canal on Williams Road has become an eyesore due to this menace. The canal that starts from Bharathidasan Road and extends beyond Williams Road is full of plastic bags, plastic plates, bottles, footwear and food waste.

This due to a large number of roadside eateries, petty shops, commercial complexes, restaurants and hotels around the bus stand that attracts thousands of commuters daily.

Besides, a few Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) outlets are also functioning in the area.

Locals say that people of all walks of life including shoppers, customers and passengers recklessly dump waste in the canals.

They allege that due to the indiscriminate dumping of plastics not only do sewerage lines burst but also there is overflow of waste water on the roads.

“The sewage is clogged at several points because of waste particularly plastics. It has not been cleared for long,” says A. Mahalingam of Williams Road.

Several people, who visit the neighbouring Tasmac shops also threw empty bottles, he added.

Stating that same condition was prevailing in other areas, he said that the Corporation must carry out a comprehensive drainage cleaning drive so as to remove all garbage in the drainage and storm water canals.


90 tonnes of plastic waste collected in Tirunelveli

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The Hindu       09.02.2017 

90 tonnes of plastic waste collected in Tirunelveli

Tirunelveli Corporation launched separate collection of non-degradable waste on Dec. 21, 2017

The plastic collection exercise, carried out by Tirunelveli Corporation on Wednesdays, which attracted Union Ministry of Urban Development’s attention, has ensured collection of over 89.50 tonnes of non-degradable waste from the residents so far.

According to Commissioner S. Sivasubramanian, who conceived the idea of collecting plastic waste from the public on Wednesdays while ensuring removal of other waste every day, said collection of plastic waste by conservancy workers from the residents on a dedicated day (Wednesday) started on December 21, 2017 under ‘Litter-Free Tirunelveli’ programme, and it evoked a very good response from the public. Besides appealing to traders not to stock, sell and distribute ‘use-and-throw’ plastic carry bags and cups that clogged drainage channels repeatedly to cause untold hardship to the urban civic body, the Corporation started exerting pressure on business establishments through repeated surprise checks that led to the seizure of a few tonnes of the banned products.

Moreover, the traders were encouraged to use degradable cloth and paper bags for packing their products.

When the system of plastic waste collection on Wednesdays was introduced towards the end of last year, the sanitary workers collected over nine tonnes of hazardous waste and it increased sharply in the next couple of Wednesdays with the quantum of collection crossing even 13 tonnes.

However, this graph showed downward trend from mid-January, thanks to the awareness campaigns organised by the Corporation against using plastic bags and cups.


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