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CMDA looks at solid plan to tackle waste heaps

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The New Indian Express          11.06.2017  

CMDA looks at solid plan to tackle waste heaps

CHENNAI: The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) is planning to conduct a study to evolve a comprehensive action plan for solid waste management as well as explore generation of ‘waste to energy’ techniques for providing alternative fuel for domestic and industry consumption.

This comes in the wake of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests notifying the Municipal Solid Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules 2000.

Under these rules, development authorities have been entrusted with the responsibility of identifying landfill sites and handing them over to the municipal authorities concerned for development operation and maintenance.

According to CMDA estimates in its website, it is estimated that by 2026 about 6590 tonnes of solid waste will be generated in the local body areas of CMA including Chennai city.

But experts say that the city is currently generating more than 6,000 tonnes of solid waste. According to the Greater Chennai Corporation, the estimated generation of solid waste per day in the city is 4500 tonnes of garbage and 700 tonnes of building materials.

Sources said that the study would help planners and policy-makers evolve suitable policies and action plans on a short-term and long-term basis for solid waste management. This could be the first such comprehensive study to be carried out for the entire Chennai Metropolitan Area.

Till now no detailed study on solid waste has been carried out.

The study will involve a series of comprehensive surveys for the entire Chennai Metropolitan Area including solid waste types and characterstics of solid wastes, available technology, best practices, functional coordination among all stakeholders, setting minimum performance standards for different agencies involved, assessing the sustainability of waste management, identifying landfill grounds, and exploring waste-to-energy techniques and avenues for availing Carbon Fund.

The study will recommend minimum performance standards for sustained solid waste management and appropriate technology or best practices in solid waste infrastructure.


Salem Corpn. begins educating residents on waste segregation

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The Hindu      08.06.2017  

Salem Corpn. begins educating residents on waste segregation

Concerted effort:Conservancy workers explain segregation of waste in bins to a resident in Salem.E. Lakshmi NarayananE_Lakshmi Narayanan;E_Lakshmi Narayanan  

New rules mandate segregating waste into three categories

As part of effectively implementing the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, the Corporation has begun educating the residents on the need to segregate bio-degradable and non-degradable waste at the source.

The new rules mandate segregating waste into three categories, wet (bio-degradable), dry (plastic, paper, metal) and hazardous waste (mosquito repellents, diapers) while fine is also collected for dumping waste in the open places. Also, it mandates segregation of wastes generated in households and commercial establishments at the source point. Of the 60 wards in the corporation limits, over 350 tonnes of municipal solid wastes are generated everyday. However, currently segregation is not done at the source now.

In phase I, the corporation has begun educating the residents in 11 wards in the four zones, Suramangalam Zone – Wards 3 and 26, Hasthampatti Zone – Wards 6 and 31, Ammapet Zone – Wards 11, 41 and 42 and Kondalampatti Zone – 54 and 46.

Officials said that awareness pamphlets are distributed to all the residents in these wards that explain dumping of degradable waste in green colour bins and dumping of non-degradable waste in blue colour bins. They added that all the residents would be educated and would be asked to segregate the waste and handover to the conservancy workers. “Residents would be barred from duping waste in dustbins and they should handover the waste to the workers only,” they added.

Officials added that building debris should not be dumped on roads and the corporation should be informed of it so that it will be collected by the civic body vehicles. “The rule had come into effect from June 5 that paves way for imposing fines. However, all the residents would be educated before enforcing the rules,” they added.


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.


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