Municipality record in waste management

Kancheepuram Dec.25. The Kancheepuram Municipality, said to be the first civic body in the State to achieve cent per cent success in solid waste management by clearing and segregating garbage every day.

M. Ashokan, Commissioner of the Municipality, told The Hindu that as per the direction of the Supreme Court that all the civic bodies should take steps for clearing door to door primary segregation of garbage, the municipality took immediate steps to remove the garbage in the residential and commercial areas and segregate them into degradable and non-degradable ones.

He said that the sanitary workers had been provided with tricycles in the municipal area and were given the task of removing the garbage in all the 45 wards mostly from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. every day.

The Commissioner pointed out that on an average 45 to 50 tonnes of garbage was being collected every day in the municipal area and taken to the compost yards at Thiruveedhipallam and Arappancheri.

While the degradable garbage was converted as manure, the non-degradable wastes were being used for filling the three-acre site at Nathapettai. Mr.Ashokan said that for keeping the streets and public places clean throughout the day, street meeting had been organised for the public to form a habit of storing the waste in their personal bins and deposit such waste into the municipal tricyles made available for collection at specified time in each ward.

He said that the municipality had successfully created awareness among the people and the residents associations by conducting door to door campaign against throwing away of any waste on the streets, footpaths, open space and drains.