The City Corporation is all set to install two incinerators to process plastic waste at the major markets at Chala and Palayam. In addition, Pattoor-model bio-mechanical plants will be set up at 30 centres across the city.

Chairman of the Standing Committee on Health S. Pushpalatha said a final date for implementation of the incinerator project was yet to be set.

“The details of the incinerator’s capacity and cost of the project are yet to be finalised. We are yet to decide on the implementing company too. Now that the proposal has been cleared in the council, we will have detailed consultations with the Pollution Control Board and the Suchitwa Mission. We plan to install these at the earliest,” Ms. Pushpalatha said.

She said the incinerators would most probably be modelled on the one installed at Secretariat South Block earlier this month. It was set up at a cost of Rs.18.93 lakh by a Chennai-based company.

The Corporation will be cautious this time around as a mobile incinerator which was bought by the Suchitwa Mission last year shut shop within a few months as it was found to be inefficient. It consumed too much fuel for the little quantity of waste it processed. It also led to a political slugfest between the Corporation and the State government. Indications from officials are that the new incinerators would be gas-operated, but a decision in this regard is yet to be taken.

Location for plants

The bio-mechanical plants at KSHB Colony, Pattoor, which have been functioning successfully for close to two years now, will be replicated at 30 centres.

There have been no complaints of pollution from the local people and it is being seen as a model for waste treatment in congested areas.

In the initial stage, the plants will be implemented at the Vattiyurkavu market, Karamana market, Elippodu market, Poundkadavu tsunami colony, Corporation staff quarters, NGO quarters, Kulathur market, Palayam police quarters, Vikas Bhavan police quarters and the Devaswom board quarters in Kuravankonam.

The total cost of these 10 plants will be Rs.1.82 crore. Balance funds from the amount allocated for at-source waste treatment will be channelled for this purpose.

The cost of the individual plants ranges from Rs.12.5 lakh to Rs.23.6 lakh, depending on the capacity.