TAMIL NADU

Rs. 2 cr. waste handling plan for Vellore town

Local body to compost waste for sale Local body looking for extra land to set up garbage yard

Staff Reporter

VELLORE: Source segregation of garbage into biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste, door-to-door collection, , besides composting form key components of a Rs.2-crore solid waste management (SWM) project of the Vellore municipality. The project is to be implemented in phases.

The 7.91-acre municipality compost yard in Sadupperi panchayat has been found insufficient to handle the town's daily generation of 70-80 tonnes. With the norm being one acre for every 10,000 population, the municipality is taking steps to buy 10 acres to establish a compost yard to handle the entire garbage generated by over 1.8 lakh population of Vellore, G. Kandasamy, municipal commissioner, told The Hindu on Monday.

Transportation

The project has been initiated on a trial basis in 20 of the 48 wards in the first and sixth divisions. Thirtyone tricycles, four power tillers and 12 pushcarts are being used for transportation. Orders have been placed for 162 tricycles (of which 31 have been bought) and 540 plastic bins. Each tricycle will collect the garbage from 300 houses. Fortytwo collection points have been fixed for the primary and temporary storage of the garbage. Six more collection points would soon be fixed so that each ward is covered.

Handbills asking resident families and commercial establishments to segregate garbage at source (into biodegradable and non-biodegradable) would be distributed shortly. Each tricycle would have four bins— three for biodegradable wastes and one for non-biodegradable. Residents and business establishments would be asked to dump segregated garbage into differently-coloured bins on the tricycle.

After storage at the collection points, the garbage would be segregated, if necessary, and transported to the compost yard in Sadupperi.A weigh-bridge, sanitary inspector's office and compost shed would be set up at the compost yard, which would also be equipped with a siever and pulveriser.

The compost would be sieved and pulverized for sale. To reduce transportation cost, the municipality has identified sites for establishing eight compost manufacturing units in the town.

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