The COVID-19 pandemic could have put a spanner within the Better Chennai Company’s bold ‘Zero Waste Administration’ mission however it’s nonetheless on observe to take off subsequent yr.
The civic physique had deliberate to go zero waste by December 2020, and had initiated numerous tasks within the dump yards at Kodungaiyur and Perungudi. Regardless of the delays attributable to the pandemic, the civic physique is hopeful the tasks can be up and working earlier than the tip of the yr.
A senior Company official mentioned if not for the pandemic, town would have gone zero waste by the beginning of January. Whereas the pandemic led to the postponement of the mission, a number of initiatives below strong waste administration, together with the reclaiming of dump yards by means of bio-mining, development of bio-CNG crops, clearing of particles and the processing of legacy and flamable waste, have been in numerous levels of completion. Just a few initiatives had been accomplished and have been functioning efficiently.
The civic physique proposes to create dry and moist waste processing services, and segregate and eliminate backyard waste. The civic physique has additionally initiated tasks to take away development and demolition particles from the Kodungaiyur and Perungudi websites.
In a metropolis which generates over 5,000 metric tonnes nearly equally of dry and moist waste each day, the civic physique has constructed 199 composting crops, established 50 crops for vermicomposting, put in 34 biogas crops, six biomethanation crops and put up 743 mulch pits for moist waste elimination.
The civic official mentioned almost 600 tonnes per day (TPD) of moist waste was being processed in these centres. Of the six bio methanation crops, development work for organising the plant was full in Anna Nagar and a trial run was in progress. The remaining 5 crops would come up at Madhavaram, Pallikaranai, Sholinganallur and Koyambedu, he added.
For dry waste, the civic physique has commissioned 74 useful resource restoration centres, pyrolysis crops at Sholinganallur and Madhavaram to transform plastic waste into gas, a 300 MT plant for changing flamable waste to gas for cement factories, established e-waste assortment centres in all 200 divisions and home hazardous assortment centres in 17 locations.
The civic physique has awarded the contract for organising processing items to take care of demolition and development particles from Kodungaiyur and Perungudi below the Public Non-public Partnership (PPP) settlement and has additionally recognized main assortment and secondary transportation choices for the waste. Whereas the Kodungaiyur dump yard will cater to zones 1 to eight, Perungudi will service zones 9 to fifteen.
The Company, which initially had two dumping websites at Kodungaiyur and Perungudi, has now received three extra at Pallikaranai, Athipattu and Sathankadu after town’s enlargement in 2014. One of many greatest environmental points the civic physique has been confronted with was the legacy waste dumped at these websites over the previous a number of years. The civic physique initiated the processing of legacy waste by means of bio-mining.
The method was below progress in Pallikaranai, Athipattu and Sathankadu at a value of ₹18.5 crore. The legacy waste on the Perungudi dump station has been estimated to be about 30.63 lakh cubic meters, for which preliminary work has been began.
The civic physique has made an outlay of ₹350 crore for eradicating enormous dump piles and reclaiming land located close to the Pallikaranai marshland.