ITC would soon start collecting solid, dry waste from the residents of the 18 wards that form part of the Coimbatore Corporation's West Zone.
Sources in the civic body said the company, under its ‘Wealth out of Waste' (WoW) project, would distribute waste collection bags to residents of the 18 wards asking them to deposit waste paper, packing materials, glass, plastic, etc.
Workers of WoW will would the waste as and when the residents asked them to do so. And for every kilogram of waste collected, the company would pay the residents Rs. 2. Feroze Munshi of ITC had a discussion with the Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra in the presence of K. Saravanakumar, Assistant Executive Engineer, Solid Waste Management Project of the Corporation on Monday.
The sources said the Corporation would actively support the ITC's venture and also encourage residents to hand over the waste to the WoW workers. ITC would recycle the collected waste.
The waste collection drive would begin as soon as the civic body got a formal proposal from the WoW team.
As part of the efforts, the Corporation would allot a small piece of land in Kavundampalayam to segregate the collected waste. The land would be used only for the purpose and nothing else, the sources clarified.
The decision to let WoW collect waste comes close on the heels of the Corporation's efforts to streamline solid waste management.
The civic body, with funds from the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), has put in place a Rs. 96 crore solid waste management system to process the city's waste.
It also decided to levy a nominal fee on owners of residential, small shops, commercial and industrial establishments, etc. to meet the operation and maintenance cost of the solid waste management project.
Though the Corporation's Council had approved of the decision to collect a nominal fee, the State Government's sanction on the fee collection was yet to be obtained, the sources said.
The sources clarified that in asking the ITC to collect solid waste, the Corporation would not encounter a conflict of interest with the Coimbatore Integrated Waste Management Company Private Limited because it has assured the latter of supply of only 400 tonnes of waste per day. At present, the supply is around 600 tonnes waste per day.
The company is in charge of implementing the solid waste management project, including the dump yard maintenance at Vellalore.
The sources also said that the company would get more waste as and when the other local bodies became part of the Corporation after the civic body's expansion.