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Giving a boost to the city’s efforts to turn green, Corporates and non-Governmental organisations are now joining hands with Coimbatore Corporation to take up individual wards in the city for solid waste management.

ACC Madukkarai Cement Works recently launched integrated solid waste resource management through entrepreneurship programme. Its plant director Sai Ramesh told The Hindu on Sunday that ACC had been supporting solid waste management programme at Madukkarai for more than three years now. It recently took up the project of supporting social entrepreneurs at a ward in the city and has donated a battery cart.

This will be used for door-to-door collection of domestic waste.

The ward will have a collection centre where the waste will be segregated. “The plastic waste will be transported to the ACC plant for safe disposal through co-processing at its cement kiln,” he said.

“We have handed over one vehicle now and plan to give more vehicles. It is a trial project. The social entrepreneurs will be able to earn from selling the recyclable waste,” he added.

R. Raveendran, secretary of Residents’ Awareness Association of Coimbatore, said at a press meet organised by Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions here on Sunday that one more company has come forward to support the waste management project in a ward.

The companies provide the battery cart and appoint co-ordinators who will ensure that the waste is collected and segregated. They can also provide space for the segregation and the association will do the door-to-door awareness programme on domestic waste segregation.

According to Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan, there were seven to eight wards in the city where waste segregation was already on and in more than 30 places it has started.

Companies coming forward to support the project can take up each of these areas.

Apart from the plastic and recyclable waste, the organic waste could be sent to the vermi-compost plant set up at Vellalore. Race Course will be a bin free area in another one week or 10 days.

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