Staff Reporter

Project to be implemented in 10 panchayats

KOCHI. The Planning Board has included a Rs.2.5-crore project to develop zero waste management system for local bodies in the State.

The working group on environment (appointed by the board) has said that the project should be undertaken in at least 10 panchayats and municipalities in the initial phase.

The report suggested that the Clean Kerala Mission identify local bodies that are running waste management system in their region to undertake the waste management project.

According to the project proposal, the local bodies would be directed to implement an effective zero waste approach at the household/institution level.

Corporations and municipalities would be encouraged to come up with an effective door-to-door management system to reduce waste.

`Substitute materials'

They would be asked to substitute materials such as plastic and other hazardous materials with safer and natural materials such as cloth, palm sheath and jute.

The working group has suggested processing of waste at the source through an integration of household/cluster/residential area/institution-based solid waste collection and processing.

The project envisages promotion of decentralised waste management system.

Biogas plants

It has mooted projects to set up biogas plants.

Local bodies would be told to avoid large centralised systems such as disposal yards, incinerators and landfills. Corporations and municipalities will be told to avoid large centralised composting plants.

The working group has recommended a ban on all disposable plastics and other hazardous materials that reach the municipal solid waste stream.

A proposal for developing livelihood options through discards recycling and materials substitution has been included in the plan programme under the Eleventh Plan.

For this project, the State Government could use the present informal secondary markets networks and self-help groups under the Kudumbasree programme.

Local bodies could also seek the services of other community groups in the State to help in implementing the proposal.

Long-term plan

The board has also suggested developing a long-term zero waste plan for resource/ materials management so as to reduce consumption, manage materials and resources and avoid waste across the State.