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GOOD EFFORT: Students on an exposure visit to the compost yard of Kulithalai Municipality that is implementing the solid waste management programme.
GOOD EFFORT: Students on an exposure visit to the compost yard of Kulithalai Municipality that is implementing the solid waste management programme.

L. Renganathan

Being implemented in 12 wards of Kulithalai Municipality

KULITHALAI: Kulithalai Municipality in Karur district has launched an integrated community based decentralised solid waste management programme to make the 32,000-strong habitat a garbage-free town.

The programme, which mainly involves segregation of solid waste at source itself, is being implemented in 12 of the 24 wards of the municipality. Exnora International is the facilitator for the programme undertaken by Municipal Chairman A. Amudhavel and Commissioner Dhanalakshmi along with the civic body members. Exnora has taken this as a validation project.

As part of the programme, film shows on health and hygiene, solid waste management and related aspects were screened in three wards while a short film on solid waste management was also telecast through the local cable network to create awareness among the public of its utility.

Posters, banners and wall paintings added to the efforts in conveying the message to the public that solid waste must be segregated at source and handed over to sanitary staff.

So far, over 6,000 school and college students, 180 teachers, 290 SHG members have been imparted training on the importance of segregation at source in the past three months. Even shop owners and traders have been exposed to the salient features of the programme. The route map of the “beautifiers,” their cycle rickshaws and tractors engaged in removing the garbage to the collection point was finalised after a thorough study.

Volunteers counselled the families who were not handing over the garbage regularly to the beautifiers or were not segregating their garbage at home. Based on their feedback, a bucket was distributed to each of the 1,160 families in the target area to deposit their biodegradable waste. Now more than four tonnes of biodegradable waste is being collected every day from the 12 wards.

The sanitary workers are also happy that it has made their task easier and less hazardous, besides increasing their additional earning from selling plastic waste that is collected separately.

The municipality is taking steps to convert biodegradable solid waste at its compost yard after mixing cow dung slurry with the garbage. Now vermicompost is also being made using the garbage. Six rearing compartments for vermin compost have been put up with sheds over them.

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