Waste processing at compost yard to be completed by March next year

Corporation has decided to bio-mine the waste at a cost of ₹3.25 crore

Published - October 26, 2019 12:01 am IST - ERODE

Accumulated waste lying at the corporation compost yard at Vairapalayam in Erode on Friday.

Accumulated waste lying at the corporation compost yard at Vairapalayam in Erode on Friday.

Processing of legacy waste at the Vairapalayam compost yard is in full swing and is expected to be completed by the end of March next year.

Municipal solid waste generated in the past 60 years in the city were dumped at Vairapalayam and Vendipalayam compost yard which had accumulated to 5.35 lakh cubic metre of garbage.

As part of Smart City Mission, the civic body has proposed to bio-mine the waste at a total cost of ₹3.25 crore. Work order was issued to Zigma Global Environ Solutions Private Limited to landfill bio-mine the waste at Vairapalayam and work began on August 18.

Waste dumped along the river bund is taken to the plant that has a capacity to process 250 to 500 tonnes per day and bio-remediated. While the dry waste is sent to cement factories to be used as fuel, fine earth is converted as bio-manure and used for agriculture. The remaining stones and pebbles are dumped at the vacant land near Solar.

Corporation Commissioner M. Elangovan told The Hindu that of the 65,000 cubic metre of garbage, 5,000 cubic metre was processed and the remaining process would be completed by March, 2020.

He said that the civic body is working on various projects to ensure “no dumping” by the end of next year.

“We have established micro-composting centres at 18 places where the waste is converted as manure and given free-of-cost to the people.

“Bio-mine work will begin at Vendipalayam compost yard from January next year and would be completed on time,” he said.

The corporation would also establish incinerator machine at Vairapalayam at a cost of ₹1.5 crore and the waste materials would be treated at 1,000 degree Celsius to covert it into flyash. “It would be converted as blocks and sold,” Mr. Elangovan said.

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