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Salem Corporation begins night conservancy

Conservancy workers collecting garbage at night in Salem.

Conservancy workers collecting garbage at night in Salem.   | Photo Credit: E_LakshmiNarayanan

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It has eased the job of sanitary workers in the morning, say civic body officials

In an effort to clear extra waste dumped in bins and prevent them from overflowing, the Salem Corporation has began night conservancy.

The waste is collected mainly on main roads to prevent stagnation in the day. Through this practice, the civic body aims to reduce the number of bins in its limits.

The Salem Corporation has 60 wards in its limits and about 350-400 tonnes of waste are collected each day. The waste collection happens in two stages, primary and secondary. While primary collection involves door-door collection and dumping them at common point, secondary collection involves collecting waste from those common points to Chettichavadi dump yard using compactors and dump trucks.

According to Corporation officials, use of battery operated vehicles for door-door collection has helped them eliminate over 200 bins in its limits and reduce about 100 tonnes from getting dumped at Chettichavadi, which is now being diverted to micro composting centres where it is turned into manure.

According to officials, currently there are 573 bins, most of them in newly added areas of the Corporation. Corporation officials said that to improve its efficiency of waste collection they started using certain strength of its workers for collection at night where only waste from common bins are taken. This primarily includes waste from commercial establishments. “Waste is collected from bins using tractors and compactors and its taken only from points where these vehicles could access. Through this, nearly 70 tonnes of waste is being collected now”, said a Corporation official.

Corporation officials said that night collection has eased the job of sanitary workers in the morning, helped them save on fuel costs and improve efficiency. Officials said that in the day, traffic was a major hurdle and it would take at least four hours for a vehicle to make a trip and return from Chettichavadi. Officials said that in the night, these vehicles are able to make two trips to the dump yard and has helped them prevent stagnation of waste. Corporation officials are now in discussions with commercial establishments and working on direct collection of waste from them to prevent it from getting dumped at bins here.

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