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Pilot project to produce power from waste in Erode soon

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The Hindu        08.06.2017  

Pilot project to produce power from waste in Erode soon

A Bengaluru-based company has developed the technology

The State government will set up a pilot project to produce power from municipal solid waste at Erode, Minister for Environment K. C. Karupannan said here recently.

Speaking at the World Environment Day celebrations organised by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board and Department of Environment, the Minister said that he along with officials had recently visited a similar plant in Delhi that is utilising 2,000 tonnes of garbage a day.

“We are serious about bringing about a solution to the issue of municipal solid waste,” he said.

Mr. Karupannan also said that Erode would soon get two plants to treat waste water from dyeing units in the region. “A Bengaluru-based company has developed the technology wherein a day one lakh litres are treated and the end product is clear water. The units cost Rs. 1.50 crore and the amount was collected by the public in of Erode in just four hours,” he said. The Department had written to the Centre for funds for a Rs. 660 crore project to prevent coastal erosion in the State.

The Minister, who released the TNPCB’s compendium of government orders, proceedings and rules, also released a volume on the State of Environment in Tamil Nadu.

Director of Environment H. Malleshappa, Environment Secretary Mohammed Nasimuddin, TNPCB Chairman Atulya Misra and TNPCB Member Secretary N. Sundara Gopal also spoke.


Greater Chennai Corporation to raise awareness on segregating waste at home

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The Times of India      04.06.2017   

Greater Chennai Corporation to raise awareness on segregating waste at home

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CHENNAI: The official theme for World Environment Day which falls on June 5 is connecting people with nature. But priorities for Greater Chennai Corporation lies in the basics -- separating your waste at home.

Officials are attempting creative posters and are trying to gather people to take mass pledges to launch source segregation as an everyday practice, which is an extension of the centre's Swachh Bharat Mission. The Ministry of Urban Development has been exerting pressure on the city corporation to show results and set a target.

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So far, 3% of the 5,000 tonnes of waste generated every day is being segregated and does not go to the landfills in Kodungaiyur and Perungudi. "The Ministry of Urban Development has been asking us when we are going to achieve 100% segregation but it is hard to set a target now," said a source in the solid waste management department working to promote the union government's mission adding, "We can't achieve 100% until we have composting pits in all wards and we are in the process of identifying vacant lands and awaiting funds to carry them out."

Though civic officials have been conducting door-to-door awareness and demos on separating wet waste from dry waste and recycling methods, officials believe a special launch on a global day of observation could raise awareness. "The Ministry of Urban Development has sent us a model for campaigning and the entire department is working on that," said the official. Presently, gated communities and apartments primarily in central Chennai, south Chennai and Manali in north Chennai are leading the way in source segregation in the city.

Corporation asks apartments to manage their wet waste

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The Hindu        18.05.2017  

Corporation asks apartments to manage their wet waste

Coimbatore Corporation has asked apartments to manage their wet waste and hand over to it only dry and recyclable waste.

In a release issued on Wednesday, the civic body said apartments could either go in for biogas plants to process the wet waste or turn it in to manure. They should either handover only dry and recylable waste to the Corporation, or sell these to recyclers.

As for households, the Corporation said it would collect the dry waste at their door-step but it should be segregated from the wet waste.

The directive on the wet waste was part of the Corporation's efforts to comply with the Central Government's directive to promote segregated waste collection from World Environment Day on June 5. The release also said that commercial establishments should also hand over waste only after segregation. The civic body issued the release after the Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan held a meeting with senior officials.


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