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Waste collection process in full swing at collectorate

A bin kept at the collectorate for depositing PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles and used bottles made of plastic.

A bin kept at the collectorate for depositing PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles and used bottles made of plastic.  

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Systems to segregate, dispose non-biodegradable waste

The sight of discarded plastic bottles and carelessly thrown used papers will soon be a thing of the past at the district collectorate.

A few days after turning green by adopting bio-bins for treatment of food waste at its offices, the collectorate has now set up systems to ensure proper segregation and disposal of non-biodegradable waste. Plastic bottles, covers, and other materials will no longer be dumped inside offices or outside. Suchitwa Mission and Haritha Keralam Mission are behind the initiative.

Two bins have been kept at the entrance to the collectorate. They can be used for depositing PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles and used bottles made of plastic. A space similar to a material collection facility has been set up for storing used paper which comes in good quantities from the 70-odd offices.

Officials associated with the initiative said that used paper was being stored along with plastic materials and bottles earlier. It used to be burnt in the open or taken by vendors engaged by the Thrikkakara municipality.

Circular issued

A circular has been issued to all offices at the collectorate to ensure proper collection and disposal of used paper and plastic waste in the morning hours. The material collection facility will be open from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. on all working days. Employees in charge of cleaning up offices have to bring used papers and plastic waste to the facility before 11.30 a.m.

Security staff at the collectorate will monitor the process of collection and disposal of the waste. The idea is to introduce a culture of timely segregation and disposal of plastic and paper waste. As done earlier, used paper and plastic waste will be collected from the facility by vendors engaged in transporting recyclable waste.

Offices at the collectorate had joined the ‘Waste-free Kerala’ initiative of the government by setting up bio-bins for treatment of food waste in September.

More than 80% of departments and offices had participated in the decentralised system of processing food waste by placing bio-bins. Employees were also given training in the effective use of the facility.

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