The State Environmental Appraisal Committee has recommended conditional environmental clearance to the Chennai Corporation's proposal to set up a solid waste processing facility at the Perungudi garbage dump yard, according to sources in the civic body.

The Corporation has also applied to Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board for pollution clearance for the project.

The civic body proposes to segregate garbage, compost organic material and make refuse-derived fuel bricks at the yard. Tenders have already been settled for the project. Prior to this proposal, the Corporation had planned an incineration facility at the dump yard.

The Perungudi garbage dump yard receives about 1,400 tonnes of solid waste a day and the facility at Kodungaiyur 1,800 tonnes. The civic body has taken up source segregation in several wards in the city and supplied bags for collecting recyclables.

Following a Madras High Court direction, a public hearing was conducted in Perungudi on March 25. A public hearing for a similar project proposal at the Kodungaiyur dump yard would be held on June 18.

Corporation officials said that the project would conform to environmental standards. It would be taken up only after requisite clearance from competent authorities.

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