Staff Reporter

Thiruvananthapuram: The city Corporation will promote plastic recycling units as part of a plan to prevent the accumulation of non-biodegradable wastes generated in the city, Mayor C. Jayan Babu said here on Saturday.

Addressing a press conference here, he said the civic body would launch an awareness campaign to sensitise the public about the hazards of plastic. Announcing the launch of the Capital City Clean City programme on Monday, he said the segregation of garbage at the household level would help check the transport of non-biodegradable wastes to the treatment plant at Vilappilsala. Mr. Babu warned of prompt legal action against those found dumping garbage in public places. He said the Corporation would encourage residents to dispose of garbage on their own premises.

The Mayor claimed that the pilot project for the new solid waste management system had been received well by the public. He added that arrangements were being made to collect garbage seven days a week. A campaign was being worked out to popularise the new programme among various sections of society. Mr. Babu said moves were afoot to set up an engineered sanitary landfill near the treatment plant to dispose of the inert wastes.