Being done on experimental basis at Chokkampudur
Following the initiative to segregate waste at ward 23 in R.S. Puram, the Coimbatore Corporation has taken the next step by processing wet waste.
According to Corporation Commissioner G. Latha, the civic body had started the process a week ago, on an experimental basis, at the Chokkampudur crematorium, where the civic body had dug three pits to process the waste.
The area councillor S. Manimeghalai said that conservancy workers collected two small truck loads of wet waste, took it to the crematorium, where they dumped it in the first pit.
The workers then sprinkled effective micro-organism solution to hasten the process of composting.
They also topped it with dry waste and dried and powdered cow dung to complete the process.
Thereafter, every day, the workers would stir the waste till the 20 day.
They would then transfer the waste to the second pit.
Once the experiment was complete, the workers would dig a bigger pit to accommodate the entire ward’s wet waste. Ms. Manimeghalai said that the initiative had provided a solution in wet waste management, which became necessary after the Corporation and residents came together to segregate waste.
Every day, the workers in the ward collected six-and-half to seven tonnes of dry waste, which they sold to a private firm which paid the workers at Rs. 3 a kg.Fuel
Ms. Latha said that the local processing of wet waste also helped the Corporation save on fuel in that the civic body need not transport the waste till the compost yard in Vellalore.
The motto was local solution for local problem.
If the civic body found the process successful, it could consider replicating it in other wards, starting with the four wards where it had begun waste segregation.