Tiruchirappalli is the fourth largest city in Tamilnadu and one amongst the cities in India which has the best literacy rate. Being one of the cleanest cities in TamilNadu, the town boasts of effective waste management systems and techniques. This can be possible due to the initiative taken by the municipality together with the support of the people. It created awareness among people through many strategies like making advertisements, conducting contests for kids, spreading information on social media, and plenty of others. These methods have successfully worked and it’s not an attempt and error one. The methods are genuinely proven truth.
Now once we come to the purpose of wastes and trash, the municipality together with the support of individuals does an eco-friendly activity. People of town while handing the wastes to the general public workers provide it in two buckets, one is biowaste and therefore the other could be a non-bio waste. The general public workers on the opposite hand go for an area that’s off from the most city, where they segregate the waste furthermore.
On a day after day, 416 tonnes of waste is generated in Trichy, which incorporates bio and non-bio waste, out of the 416 tonnes of waste generated, 112 heaps of waste comprise the biowaste.
Of the collected waste, 212 tonnes of waste is converted into manure. The biowaste is left through a belt where minute non-bio wastes are removed by the workers. At last, the shredded last waste is left to decompose in a very big pit under everyday surveillance. When the waste is converted to manure it gets able to incline to farmers. The town encompasses farmland of 1,41,282 hectares and every one of the farmers is making the most of it. The municipality distributes the naturally made manure to the farmers at reasonable costs. During this production process, 651 workers are involved and it generates employment for the people of the town.
In the city, 203 plenty of non-biodegradable is collected, and 112 tonnes of dry wastes are given to recyclers and also the revenue generated from the waste is given to self-help groups and municipal workers as an incentive. The corporation has identified around 195 recycling vendors within the city and in 40 days, 507 tonnes of waste is recycled and around Rupees, 11.5 lakhs are distributed among the workers. Later on, 4,568 t of non-biodegradable waste from households across town, and around Rs 95.28 large integer has been generated through utilization of the collected non-biodegradable waste. The aggregate was therefore appropriated to around 2,000 among laborers. These people mainly include women of the agricultural and concrete areas, who work in the municipality.
The Trichy City Municipal Corporation has also introduced a system of penalties and fines. From charging Rs. 10 for unseparated waste in households to sanctioning a fine of Rs. 2,000 for throwing plastic and other waste publicly in places or water bodies, fines are categorized. Notwithstanding, the enterprise hasn’t fined anybody starting now. Prior to actualizing the disciplines, the urban body is forcefully spreading mindfulness inside the city. A few gatherings are being directed with Resident Welfare Associations, NGOs, Self Help Group individuals, Ladies Clubs, plastic sellers, Bulk Waste Generators, and plastic assortment merchants with respect to source isolation. Rallies and door-to-door campaigns are being allotted altogether the wards.
The municipal Corporation on World Environment Day, June 5th of 2017, introduced a gold coin lottery system within which residents who segregate the wastes effectively would be rewarded with a 1 gram Gold coin. This had been a welcoming initiative and made an enormous success, where 12 residents were awarded the coin and a couple of.5 lakh households are eligible to require part within the lottery. Also to watch waste segregation practices physically in 65 wards, the civic body had deployed 200 indoor staff members for door-to-door waste collection.
These are the methods or the ways within which wastes are handled in my community and wealth is created out of the waste that benefits people and therefore the environment. This sort of waste handling is feasible only thanks to public awareness and public enthusiasm together with the labor of municipal workers. Hence, waste management could be a much-needed one to safeguard the worldwide environment, we must start adopting such management.
– Ashwath Chelladurai
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