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Novel plan to convert beedi leaf waste into manure

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The Hindu      04.04.2017 

Novel plan to convert beedi leaf waste into manure

From April 15, conservancy workers not to accept beedi leaf waste from people

Tirunelveli Corporation, which has been struggling for decades in dealing with beedi leaf waste, has come out with a novel idea for collecting it from beedi rollers and converting it into manure.

Since beedi rolling is a predominant activity in Melapalayam area, in which several thousand women are involved, around 10 beedi rolling companies, all having their offices at Melapalayam, are supplying beedi leaves and tobacco to these labourers for making beedis. Consequently, Melapalayam has become a major producer of beedi leaf waste and the civic body is struggling to separate this waste from household waste and convert it into manure.

Recently, Corporation Commissioner S. Sivasubramanian had a meeting with beedi manufacturing company owners on beedi leaf waste management.

Since the Solid Waste Management Act, 2016, requires the individuals producing the waste to segregate it as degradable and nondegradable at source and hand them over to the conservancy workers, Mr. Sivasubramanian asked the beedi manufacturing unit owners to collect beedi leaf waste while getting the beedis from workers.

“The beedi manufacturing companies have been asked to give the rollers reusable bags to keep beedi leaf waste so that it can easily be handed over to the manufacturers while the rolled beedis are returned to the companies. On getting the beedi leaf waste from the rollers, the companies should hand it over to the Corporation employees to convert it into manure,” Mr. Sivasubramanian said.

He added that Corporation conservancy workers would not accept beedi leaf waste from April 15 while collecting waste from the public.

“Our personnel will not collect the beedi leaf waste from the rollers from April 15 as it should be handed over only to the manufacturing companies which, in turn, will forward it to the Corporation dump for converting it into manure. The companies which dare to defy this instruction and allow their workers to dump the waste along the streets will have to face serious consequences,” Mr. Sivasubramanian added.


Corporation to levy user charge for proper implementation of solid waste management

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The Times of India    02.04.2017

Corporation to levy user charge for proper implementation of solid waste management

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MADURAI: The civic body has decided to levy user charge for all buildings in its limits for proper implementation of solid waste management in the city and has also decided on the fines to be collected with regard to the same.

A special meeting of the Madurai Corporation was convened by the special officer and corporation commissioner Sandeep Nanduri on Saturday, in which all officials participated. During the meeting, it was stated that solid waste management rules 2016 of the central government are applicable to all local bodies, and every local body is responsible for any infrastructure development for collection, storage, segregation, transportation, processing and disposal of the waste.

It was also decided to bring all establishments in the corporation including individual houses, commercial complexes, hotels, eateries, hospitals, wholesale trading establishments and retail trading units under the Madurai Corporation's solid waste management move.

As per Madurai Corporation rules of 1971, action will be initiated and a fine imposed on anyone disposing their waste in public places leading to environmental pollution and the local bodies can charge a user fee for proper waste disposal, from collection to disposal. The user fee for different establishments was approved at the meeting, and public have been asked to raise objections if any, within one week of issue of this notice.

The user fee for individual houses, where the property tax for six months is within Rs 500 is Rs 10 and if the property tax is above Rs 2001 is Rs 50. Private nursery and elementary schools will have to pay Rs 500 a month, while private schools above nursery level will have to pay Rs 1,000 a month. Hospitals will have to pay Rs 1,000 a month for disposable of non-biomedical waste, tea stalls Rs 100, sweet stalls - Rs 500, mobile restaurants - Rs 600, bigger restaurants Rs 1,500 and those that generate more than three tonnes per day Rs 6,000 to Rs 30,000.

Marriage halls will have to pay Rs 1,000 for every event conducted, meat and fish stalls Rs 500, cinema theatres Rs 1,500 and venues where exhibitions and circuses are conducted Rs 250 per day. Textile and tannery wastes would be charged Rs 1,500 per load of waste, while the user charge for clearing a load of construction debris would be Rs 750. The meeting also resolved to allow a private organization Milan Marbles, to clear the overgrowth of bushes in Sathaiyaru tank in Uthangudi village with their own funds for a period of three years.

On-site composting yet to take off

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The Hindu       27.03.2017 

On-site composting yet to take off

More work needed:A view of the on-site composting unit at Anna Nagar Uzhavar Sandhai in Tiruchi.Photo: M. SrinathM_SRINATH  

The corporation has set up the unit at the Uzhavar Sandhai in Anna Nagar

The Tiruchi City Corporation, which had spearheaded its men and machines to score marks on various parameters of Swachh Bharat ranking till a few months ago, is now using its energy to spearhead its mission on popularising on-site composting, a latest concept of disposing perishable garbage at the source itself.

However, the on-site composting unit set up at Uzhavar Sandhai in Anna Nagar is yet to begin the process of converting waste into organic manure.

The compost unit was not just to dispose the garbage at source but also to demonstrate the method of vermi composting to the customers, who visit the Uzhavar Sandhai to buy vegetables and fruits daily.

The Tiruchi Corporation constructed two cement pits – one for storing and the other for producing enriched compost by letting earthworms. Each pit can store about 6 tonnes of solid waste such as disposed vegetable and rotten fruits.

As asked by the officials of agricultural marketing, one of the agencies in manning Uazhavar Sandhai, the vegetable vendors dumped the perishable waste in the pits for some days.

However, enquiries revealed that the process had been suspended due to lack of insufficient storage pits, poor planning and execution.

It is said that at least five pits are needed for producing manure. The garbage dumped in pits will have to be shifted to the next pit for once in a week for natural composting process. It will take four weeks for producing organic manure from the waste.

The fifth pit will be used for vermi compost process.

However, there are just two pits in the Uzhavar Sandhai.

Moreover, they are said to be very small in size. They are not even sufficient to store garbage generated in two days. Similarly, the cement floor laid on the pits is said to be causing bad smell.

“We have closed the garbage dumped in a pit to prevent bad smell. We need at least three more pits for a proper on-site composting. Till then, we cannot dump the garbage in the pits,” says an official of Agricultural Marketing that manage the Uzhavar Sandhai.

He said the issue had been brought to the knowledge of Tiruchi Corporation officials, who had promised to look into the issue.

“We want the on-site composting at Uzhavar Sandhai as a model. Steps will be taken with the support of line departments to set a proper unit. It will motivate the customers to replicate the model in their big establishments,” the official said.


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