Fresh impetus to waste management initiative

Corporation sets up compost pits at Vivekanandapuram First Street

March 09, 2018 05:14 pm | Updated 05:14 pm IST

A conservancy staff of the Greater Chennai Corporation working on a compost pit meant  for Vivekanandapuram First Street in West Mambalam.  Photo: Special Arrangement

A conservancy staff of the Greater Chennai Corporation working on a compost pit meant for Vivekanandapuram First Street in West Mambalam. Photo: Special Arrangement

Residents of Vivekanandapuram First Street in West Mambalam are expected to procure manure from the compost pits established by the Zone 10 of the Greater Chennai Corporation, in the next 50 days.

On Wednesday, Vivekanandapuram First Street in West Mambalam was provided with four compost pits by the Corporation and residents have been advised to dump their biodegradeable waste into it and the Corporation staff will run the process of convert ing it into manure.

“This move of the Corporation gives a fresh impetus to waste management initiatives already taken by residents. Vivekanandapuram First Street Residents Welfare Association was formed after the floods in December 2015, and the first significant initiative it took was having the big containers on Vivekanandapuram First Street replaced with smaller ones. These containers were then placed on the premises of apartment complexes and individual houses. Special arrangements have been made to enable the conservancy staff to collect the waste by visiting each house. As per the advice of the Corporation, since October 2017, residents have been segregating the waste into biodegradable and non-biogradable waste. Now, with the provision of compost pits, our street is entering a new phase in waste management. Most of the residents have extended their cooperation in disposing of waste in a responsible way,” says S. Murali, president of the Association.

The Association is seeking more compost pits.

“There are around 210 families living on the street and approximately around 150 kg of biodegradable waste is generated every day from Vivekanandapuram First Street. So, four pits are not sufficient. We are requesting provision of an additional 10 to 15 pits,” says Gayathri Srinivasan, a member of the Association.

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