KERALA

Councillors to set a model in waste management

: Councillors in Kozhikode Municipal Corporation will set a model to the people on ways to manage organic waste under the Corporation’s newly introduced decentralised waste management plan. The councillors have been given perforated buckets and inoculated bricks, which will be used in their homes to manage organic waste. The hands-on experience will help them to explain the process to the people in their wards.

After a video of the Mayor V.K.C. Mammad Koya demonstrating the process went viral on social media, the Corporation has received several enquiries on how to get the inoculated bricks made of coconut husk. Chairman of the Health Standing Committee of the Corporation K.V. Baburaj said the bricks that were supplied to the councillors were bought from Thiruvananthapuram and Coimbatore at the price of Rs.60 a brick. However, it is already available in some organic stores in Kozhikode also. One brick can be used for around two weeks.

The inoculated mixture is also available in 10-kg bags at the price of Rs.150 per bag, which would last for a longer period of time.

Deputy Mayor Meera Darshak said efforts were being made to manufacture the bricks locally and at a lower cost considering the increasing demand.

“Kudumbasree workers engaged in waste management in the city may be rendered jobless when the project is completely implemented in the city. The plan is to train them in making the bricks and also to monitor the whole project,” she said.

The decentralised waste management method, which converts all organic waste into organic manure that can be used in kitchen gardens, is expected to bring about a major change in waste management. “If properly implemented, we need to collect only the inorganic waste from homes twice a year or so,” Mr. Baburaj said. The Corporation plans to implement the project in six wards in the initial phase. However, it is being delayed due to the unemployment threat to Kudumbasree workers. “There are 60 of them working in these six wards, but only 20 are needed to help with the project.

“As soon as we figure out what to do to help the rest, the project will be implemented,” Mr. Baburaj said.

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