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Solid Waste Management

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.


Corporation to sell manure produced from waste

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The Hindu      20.01.2015   

Corporation to sell manure produced from waste

Coimbatore Corporation has planned to sell the organic waste it has produced by implementing the Shunya segregated waste management system in Ward 23. According to sources, Mayor P. Rajkumar, who inspected the stored waste in R.S. Puram on Monday, suggested that the civic body should not give it free to people as human labour gone behind producing the manure.

The Corporation workers in Ward 23, which comprises parts of R.S. Puram, had collected waste in segregated fashion, taken away the green, degradable waste to produce organic manure. They had done so for the last one year.

The workers had produced nearly 30 tonne waste, which has been packed in pouches of 1 kg each.


Special bins help recycle discarded plastic bottles

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The Hindu     31.12.2014 

Special bins help recycle discarded plastic bottles

Bottles sold to factories that extract fibre

The Coimbatore Corporation initiative to set up bins exclusively to collect plastic bottles has found good response.

Sometime ago, the civic body installed specially designed bins at the new bus stand on Mettupalayam Road, Town Bus Stand and mofussil bus stand in Gandhipuram, omni bus stand, and Ukkadam and Singanallur bus stands as well, to enable commuters to dump used soft drinks and water bottles.

The objective was to let those in the plastic recycling trade to collect those bottles.

Sources in the civic body said that after installing the bins in four places in July this year, it also tied up with Green Bhoomi to collect and recycle the bottles. And, thereafter with the help of the Residents Awareness Association of Coimbatore (RAAC), the civic body installed two more bins around a fortnight ago.

Karthik Manivasagam of Green Bhoomi says that from the four bins he had collected 140 kg bottles, cleaning the bins every 15 days.

The bottles were cleaned and then sold to agents of factories that used the bottles to extract fibre for manufacturing garments.

The weight of bottles collected may appear to be low but it was a volume-based trade as the empty bottles occupied space.

He used two small goods carriers to ferry the bottles, he said and added that it was not an easy job, though.

“My workers have bottles with urine, saliva, food, etc., which they clean and then take to the warehouse in Gandhipuram,” he said.

He then sold the bottle at the market price, which varied from Rs. 18 to Rs. 30 depending on the market conditions. At present, it was near the lower end of the price band.

R. Raveendran, Honorary Secretary, RAAC, said that the organisation was in talks with the civic body to increase the numbers of bins in the city.

Bottles cleaned and sold to agents

Civic body urged to install more bins


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