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Solid waste management programme

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The Hindu         22.04.2014 

Solid waste management programme

Officials at the meeting on solid waste management in Theni on Tuesday.— PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN
Officials at the meeting on solid waste management in Theni on Tuesday.— PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN

Solid waste management programme will be implemented in all the 130 village panchayats in the district in order to ensure safe disposal of solid waste at villages and clean environment, according to Collector N. Venkatachalam.

Addressing a meeting on solid waste management organised by the District Rural Development Agency here on Tuesday, he said the State government planned to implement solid waste management programme in 2,000 panchayats that had a population of more than 10,000 people each in the first phase. The main aim of the programme was to recycle and reuse biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste and dispose them of safely without polluting the environment.

While biodegradable waste would be converted into organic manure and sold to farmers, non-biodegradable waste would be separated and reused and plastic materials sold for recycling. A sanitary worker, known as Green Guard, would be selected for every 150 households at the villages. The DRDA would offer tricycles to collect waste, machines for cleaning, processing and recycling waste, other safety equipment, gadgets, uniform, gloves, cap and identity cards to workers, he added. Special training would be imparted to village panchayat presidents, members of village poverty reduction committees and self-help groups in this regard shortly. Already town panchayats in the district had been implementing solid waste management effectively.

The government decided to implement the system in 12,524 village panchayats in the State in a phased manner.

 

Thuraiyur municipality adopts new waste management system

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The Hindu       21.01.2015  

Thuraiyur municipality adopts new waste management system

It plans to set up a shed for segregation of garbage

Utilisation of a piece of private land has enabled efficient handling of solid waste management at Thuraiyur.— Photo: A. Muralitharan
Utilisation of a piece of private land has enabled efficient handling of solid waste management at Thuraiyur.— Photo: A. Muralitharan

The Thuraiyur municipality has introduced solid waste management programme for separating the degradable and non-degradable waste. The municipality has adopted a multipronged approach for managing the solid waste.

The municipality has cleared a huge volume of garbage at its old dumping yard on Sorathur Road. “Excess accumulation of garbage on the municipal site had resulted in various public health-related issues, including pig menace and presence of anti-social elements,” say municipal sources.

To tide over the problem, the municipality has successfully persuaded the local residents who owned a piece of land in the adjoining area. A large heap of the garbage from the municipal site had been taken to this private land.

“The shifting of a huge volume of garbage from the municipal to the private land has eased the solid waste management at this area,” say the sources.

The municipality has planned to set up a segregation shed at the area for effective management of the solid waste. Second, the municipality had introduced door-to-door collection of garbage duly segregated at source in select six wards in the municipality. “Bio-degradable and non-degradable waste is collected after segregation at source,” the source said.

At present, the municipality handles 15 tonnes of garbage daily.

 

Panchayats reap rich reward through waste management

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The Hindu        21.01.2015  

Panchayats reap rich reward through waste management

The solid waste management scheme rolled out by the State government has started making impact in all the 11 town panchayats in Karur district.

The scheme, which aimed at helping local bodies generate income from garbage, besides ensuring clean environment, was started about 10 months back in town panchayats, including Pallapatti, Puliyur, Marudhur, Punjai Pugalur, Aravakurichi, and Krishnarayapuram. The initial emphasis was on setting up infrastructure for processing and segregating solid waste into degradable and non-degradable waste. Considerable time was spent in creating awareness on the scheme among the residents.

After the first few months, the town panchayats have begun segregating waste, and now, almost all the 11 panchayats have been generating income by selling the products sourced from waste. Though a few town panchayats are lagging behind, a healthy competition has emerged among the panchayats to emerge as the best performer.

“A system has been established in town panchayats and it has come to stay. We see a considerable improvement in garbage collection and disposal,” S.Jayandhi, Collector, told The Hindu after inspecting some of the town panchayats recently.

Production of manure and vermicompost and production of biogas from food waste are among some of the projects being implemented by the town panchayats.

While most of them have got into the business of manure and vermicompost production and sales, the Puliyur town panchayat has gone a step ahead by producing biogas from waste.

It has set up a unit to produce biogas by making use of the availability of high volume of poultry, aquatic and mutton waste. It is marketing the gas to the households. Similarly, it has also set up a duck rearing farm by using the food waste available in the area.

“Production of biogas is an important initiative. It shows that we can fully utilise the food waste to produce fuel. The Puliyur town panchayat has been asked to expand the project,” Ms.Jayandhi said.

She added that 26.38 tonnes of garbage has been collected and segregated since the implementation of the scheme in the 11 town panchayats. About 66,600 kilograms of manure had been produced. Of this, about 3,300 kg was sold to farmers at a cost of Rs.3 a kg.

 


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