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90 tonnes of plastic waste collected in Tirunelveli

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The Hindu       09.02.2017 

90 tonnes of plastic waste collected in Tirunelveli

Tirunelveli Corporation launched separate collection of non-degradable waste on Dec. 21, 2017

The plastic collection exercise, carried out by Tirunelveli Corporation on Wednesdays, which attracted Union Ministry of Urban Development’s attention, has ensured collection of over 89.50 tonnes of non-degradable waste from the residents so far.

According to Commissioner S. Sivasubramanian, who conceived the idea of collecting plastic waste from the public on Wednesdays while ensuring removal of other waste every day, said collection of plastic waste by conservancy workers from the residents on a dedicated day (Wednesday) started on December 21, 2017 under ‘Litter-Free Tirunelveli’ programme, and it evoked a very good response from the public. Besides appealing to traders not to stock, sell and distribute ‘use-and-throw’ plastic carry bags and cups that clogged drainage channels repeatedly to cause untold hardship to the urban civic body, the Corporation started exerting pressure on business establishments through repeated surprise checks that led to the seizure of a few tonnes of the banned products.

Moreover, the traders were encouraged to use degradable cloth and paper bags for packing their products.

When the system of plastic waste collection on Wednesdays was introduced towards the end of last year, the sanitary workers collected over nine tonnes of hazardous waste and it increased sharply in the next couple of Wednesdays with the quantum of collection crossing even 13 tonnes.

However, this graph showed downward trend from mid-January, thanks to the awareness campaigns organised by the Corporation against using plastic bags and cups.


Volunteers remove waste from Thadagam Road

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The Hindu        06.02.2017 

Volunteers remove waste from Thadagam Road

Volunteers cleaning Thadagam Road, near Gandhi Park, on Sunday as part of Coimbatore Vizha.- Photo: S. SIVA SARAVANANS_ SIVA SARAVANAN  

As part of the Coimbatore Vizha events, nature enthusiasts and concerned citizens cleaned the Thadagam Road on Sunday. According to Manoj Krishnakumar, one of the organisers, more than 1,000 people participated in the cleanliness drive that started at Gandhi Park and ended at Anaikatti.

The volunteers picked up plastic and other waste between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. and the total waste collected was over 30 tonnes.

The organisers had divided the 30-km stretch of the road into 50 segments for volunteers to work. The volunteers assembled at the Government College of Technology on Thadagam Road and from there the organisers took them to the segments concerned.

A few education institutions had lent their buses to support the cause. A few volunteers reached the segments assigned to them in their vehicles.

They then went about collecting the waste. Coimbatore Corporation had also supported the cause by sending its conservancy workers and deploying vehicles to transport the waste.

The organisers had also engaged an earth mover to clear waste in those pockets that was difficult for people to work.

Mr. Krishnakumar said that the volunteers worked hard in the five hours to collect over 30 tonnes waste under the programme called Tsuname Sweep. The Coimbatore Chapter of Young Indians, Builders Association of India, CREDAI and a few Round Table organisations and others had supported the cause.


Segregate waste, residents told

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The Hindu       27.01.2017  

Segregate waste, residents told

Corporation Commissioner K. Rajamani inaugurating the new garbage collecting system in Thoothukudi on Thursday.— Photo : N. Rajesh  

Vehicle meant for collection of garbage flagged off

The corporation has stepped up its efforts to segregate waste generated from households.

More stress was given to segregation of waste into biodegradable and non-biodegradable, Commissioner and Special Officer, K. Rajamani said here on Thursday after flagging off a garbage disposal vehicle meant for collection of garbage.

He said the initiative should come from each and every resident to ensure that waste was segregated and dumped in vehicles, which would be taken to localities of the corporation.

Apart from educating the residents in a door-to-door exercise, announcement about this system of garbage collection and its importance were being made through public address system.

The field staff were involved distributing pamphlets with a list of biodegradable and non biodegradable waste to residents.

Bryant Nagar, in 43rd ward in the west zone of corporation, has been considered as a model ward of this system, the Commissioner said.

Biodegradable waste could be converted into manure through an effective compost method.

Hygiene is more important to ward off any disease so that residents were asked to maintain cleanliness in their dwellings.

City Health Officer Pradeep V. Krishnakumar and Sanitary Officer, V. Hari Ganesh were present.


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