Automated garbage feeding facility mooted

The expert committee, which studied the functioning of the mobile incinerator operating in the city, has recommended design changes in the machine that would enable automated feeding of garbage and the depositing of garbage right in the middle of the machine’s primary chamber.

Now, garbage is fed manually to the machine. This, the committee felt does not allow for optimum use of the incinerator. Once the garbage is deposited in the primary chamber a worker has to manually shovel the waste so that it gathers in the middle.

“The four burners are located in four sides of the primary chamber. Now the garbage falls to one side of the chamber. This is why it has to be periodically propelled to the middle. If the garbage falls in the centre, the effect of all four burners would be felt simultaneously. This would allow optimum incineration,” a government official familiar with the report told The Hindu.

The government has also issued an order asking SIDCO, which procured the incinerator, to effect the necessary design changes. To ensure that the garbage remains in the centre of the primary chamber, necessary changes can be made in the way the garbage is fed or the primary chamber can be made to rotate, the committee has recommended. It has also recommended that the incinerator’s feeder arm be widened so that it can bear larger quantities of garbage.

The GO also tasks the city Corporation with posting two or three sanitary workers to support the incineration process. The civic body is also to reach 6,000 litres of water daily to the incinerator. For its part the Suchitwa Mission has been asked to designate an official as being in-charge of the incinerator.

The government is also reportedly thinking of allowing bulk waste producers to reach waste directly to the incinerator and to levy a fixed fee from them for its disposal. This would enable the Suchitwa Mission to recoup some of the money it now spends on diesel.