The Chennai Corporation will extend its programme of source segregation of waste to 75 more wards by next month.
For this, it is procuring seven lakh plastic bags and over 140 tricycles painted in red for collecting the recyclable waste from residents, according to a senior official of the civic body.
The bags along with pamphlets would be distributed free of cost and conservancy workers would purchase the recyclable waste from the residents every fortnight. The residents would also be informed of the time and date of the next collection.
In April this year, the Corporation launched the source segregation scheme, to promote segregation of recyclable waste, by distributing bags to residents of 17 wards in six of its 10 zones. The scheme of purchasing recyclable waste is being implemented by ITC Ltd in four wards of Zone 5 (Kilpauk).
The civic body has also provided weighing machines for the conservancy workers. The plastic waste is purchased at the rate of Rs.2.50 per kg.
The 75 wards to be covered by the Corporation are in the Tondiarpet, Basin Bridge, Ayanavaram, Kilpauk, Nungambakkam and Saidapet zones.