Where are the garbage collection trucks? ask residents

175 collection trucks have been deployed solely to ensure door-to-door collection in Tiruchi city.

175 collection trucks have been deployed solely to ensure door-to-door collection in Tiruchi city.   | Photo Credit: M_Moorthy

Residents complain that the city’s garbage collection trucks and the Quick Response Code System implemented by the Corporation to track the collection in residential areas do not seem to the working effectively.

The QR Code System, which was introduced in a phased manner in December 2018 required a sanitary inspector visiting the houses to collect waste in vehicles to scan the unique code given for recording the waste collection. The system, however, lacks supervision and the sanitary workers are slack, rue residents. “Sometimes the collectors do not come for three or four days, especially close to the weekend. We are then forced to throw our waste somewhere else,” said S. Bharathi, a resident in Woraiyur.

Residents also believe that the corporation is rushing the litter-free city tag and initiating these campaigns in a haphazard manner. “They removed the bins quickly and now want us to hand over the garbage. But the feasibility of such things, especially in crowded areas like Woraiyur and Puthur is not taken into account,” Ms. Bharathi said.

The sanitary workers, who are hired on a contract basis or from local self-help groups lack accountability and cause the irregularity. “They leave without any notice and sometimes the collection of garbage is affected due to the lack of helping hands,” said a worker at the micro-composting unit in Woraiyur.

The civic body, however, blames the residents. “The people miss the trucks and dump the garbage in vacant plots. 175 collection trucks have been deployed solely to ensure door-to-door collection but public cooperation is necessary,” said N. Ravichandran, Corporation Commissioner. “We have even begun promoting composting at home to reduce the pressure on the microcomposting centres. We encourage residents to compost at home and use it to make kitchen gardens. Roof garden kits are also being provided on request,” he said.

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