Coimbatore

Bio-mining of solid waste to begin from August

Erection of machines to bio-mine the accumulated garbage at Vairapalayam yard in Erode nearing completion.

Erection of machines to bio-mine the accumulated garbage at Vairapalayam yard in Erode nearing completion.   | Photo Credit: M_GOVARTHAN

Trial run of the machines will begin by the first week of August

In a major step towards ensuring effective solid waste management, bio-mining the accumulated garbage at Vairapalayam compost yard is expected to begin in the second week of August after which the yard will be used for developmental works.

The city with a population of 5.35 lakh (2015) and floating population of 50,000 is spread across 109.52 sq.km with 60 wards. There are 1.05 lakh households and 21,870 commercial and industrial establishments in the city with about 250 tonne of municipal solid waste generated everyday. For the past 60 years, waste generated in the city were dumped at the yards at Vairapalayam (7.4 acre) and Vendipalayam (19.45 acre) which now totals to 5.35 lakh cubic metre of garbage. While frequent fire at these yards due to methanisation process has cause panic among the people in these areas, they were demanding closure of the yards. Currently, dumping of waste at the yard at Vairapalayam has been stopped.

Under the Smart City Mission, the corporation has proposed to bio-mine the waste at a total cost of ₹ 37.25 crore. Priority was given to process the waste at the yard at Vairapalayam as it is located along the River Cauvery. Currently, installation of machines for the processing was nearing completion and work to give power connection to the yard will be completed by next week.

Corporation Commissioner M. Elangovan told The Hindu that trial run of the machines will begin by the first week of August after which bio-mining process will begin. He said that after completion of trial run at Vairapalayam, installation of machine works will begin at Vendipalayam and will be completed at the earliest.

Bio-mining includes segregation of waste to separate sand that can be used for agriculture and dry waste that will be sent to cement factories to be used as fuel. After completion of the entire process, the land becomes vacant and will be used for implementing other projects. Since, the civic body is in the process of establishing the Smart Waste Resource Segregation Centre (micro composting centre) at a total cost of ₹ 13.58 crore, waste generated in particular area will be converted as fertilizers and no solid waste will be transferred to the dumping yards.

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