Talks on with UAE firm on garbage issue

Discussions on setting up a mobile compost unit in the capital city.

February 01, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 07:42 am IST - THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:

With garbage problem mounting and city Corporation’s options to tackle the issue getting limited, especially after the recent Supreme Court order upholding the green tribunal’s directive to replace the now defunct Vilappilsala treatment plant, the civic body has started looking at alternative methods.

The Corporation has started preliminary discussions with a UAE-based firm, which has expertise in managing solid waste, to address the garbage issue in the city.

Mayor V.K. Prasanth said the civic body had held discussions with Emvees Technical Services Limited to start a mobile compost unit in the city.

“We have referred their proposal to the campaign committee and project cell of the Corporation. We are examining whether the company’s expertise could be replicated in our environment,” he said.

The cost involved in setting up a mobile compost unit is around Rs.1.10 crore. The civic body has also decided to set up 60 more aerobic bins in the city, he added.

Stiff resistance

Mr. Prasanth said stiff resistance from local people was turning out to be a big hurdle in disposing of waste accumulated on the streets.

“We have been taking the waste found on the city roads to certain places. We have to stop transportation of the waste after protests from local people. It’s a tricky issue. People are even opposing setting up of aerobic bins in public places,” he said.

The civic body had started a renewed effort to spread decentralised garbage management, including supply of biogas bins and pipe-composts, he said.

The civic body had held a meeting with Suchitwa Mission on Friday to draw an action plan to give a further push to decentralised garbage management, he said.

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