Inspection completed at dump yard for solid waste management

The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board is considering the Chennai Corporation's application seeking consent to establish an integrated solid waste management facility at its Perungudi garbage dump yard.

According to sources in the Board, site inspection has been completed and the application, which will be placed before a sub-committee for its approval, is being processed.

The application follows the grant of environmental clearance, recently accorded by the State Environmental Impact Assessment Authority to the technology proposed by the civic body.

Segregation

The Corporation proposes to segregate garbage, compost organic material and make refuse-derived fuel bricks and thereby process the garbage.

The Perungudi garbage dump receives about 1,400 tonnes of solid waste a day and the facility at Kodungaiyur, 1,800 tonnes.

Organic waste, which constitutes 44 per cent of the garbage would be sold, debris and small metals would be recycled.

About 10-15 per cent of the waste that cannot be recycled would be sent for burning in cement kilns.

The State Environmental Appraisal Committee has already recommended conditional environmental clearance to the proposal. Tenders have been settled for the project.

Public hearings

Following a Madras High Court direction, public hearings were conducted in Perungudi and Kodungaiyur to ascertain the views of the residents in the two localities.

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