The Kozhikode Municipal Corporation’s comprehensive waste management programme under the Haritha Keralam project will take a few more months to be implemented as the Green Task Force is yet to be trained and the Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) yet to be set up.
The corporation council has okayed hiring 110 Kudumbasree waste management workers in the city as members of the task force that will be the core of the project.
The task force members will collect non-biodegradable waste from the houses and commercial establishments. They will also have to help the public with the source-level waste management programmes adopted at each residence. An amount of Rs. 80 and amount ranging from Rs. 300 to Rs. 2,000 will be collected from residences and commercial establishments respectively for the purpose.
A member of the task force will be provided a monthly honorarium of Rs. 10,000 for the first five months, after which their salary will be based on the collection from each locality.
“Though there are more than 300 Kudumbasree waste management workers in the city, at present we are able to absorb only 110 for lack of funds. The rest will be enrolled in the coming years and with it, the programme will be extended to more parts of the city,” said Health Standing Committee chairman of the corporation K.V. Baburaj.
At present, the Haritha Keralam project is being implemented in select wards only.
Meanwhile, Uralungal Labour Contractors Cooperative Society has been entrusted with the task of constructing the MRFs in the city.
There will be 32 mini MRFs and three major MRFs in the city where non-biodegradable waste will be collected and stored before being moved to a recycling plant.
The reopening of the corporation’s plastic recycling plant at West Hill recently is supposed to make the process easier.
The council has also given nod to appoint a project manager and green technician for the project.