The Chennai Corporation has placed orders for 3.35 lakh waste bins with the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET) Guindy, as part of its source segregation programme.
CIPET has started work on production of the red and green waste bins for the civic body. It will start delivery of the waste bins from next week. “We will supply 12,500 bins every week. The delivery of the products will be completed in a few months,” said K. Palanivelu, Deputy Director of CIPET, Chennai.
A green and red waste bins, each of eight litre capacity, would be distributed to the households by the Chennai Corporation. CIPET supplied 1.42 lakh waste bins to the civic body last year.
The red and green bins will be distributed free of cost by the civic body, focusing on the households of the weaker sections, said Mayor M. Subramanian. Red bins will be used by people to segregate waste products which are not biodegradable. The green bins will be used for collecting biodegradable waste.
Corporation officials said that the success of the source segregation programme would depend on the cooperation of the residents. Source segregation would make the process of conversion of waste to organic manure easier, said the official.
Source segregation continues to be crucial for solid waste management and it increases the economic value of waste, the official said. He stressed the need for change in the mindset of people for the success of the initiatives of the civic body.
The civic body permitted conservancy workers to buy recyclable waste from households recently.