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Thrissur corporation rolls out waste management scheme

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The Times of India
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Mayor Ajitha Jayarajan inaugurated here on Tuesday, the Thrissur Corporation-initiated project on organic waste management at its source, by handing over the key of the mobile organic converter unit to health supervisor T K Upendhran. The project envisages a zero waste city by converting the organic waste in houses and apartments to organic manure.

As per the project, the corporation will distribute aerobic composting unit called 'Smart BIOBIN' to 25,000 houses in the city and a mobile unit of organic waste converter will be operational to treat the waste in apartments.

Health standing committee chairman M L Rossy said, "This is just the beginning of a long term goal. The Smart BIOBIN developed at the Kerala Agriculture University will be distributed under the Lalur Model Project for Solid Waste Management."

At present, the Smart BIOBIN that costs Rs 1,500 per unit will be distributed with a subsidy of 50% from the state government and 25% from the corporation.

"The organic manure produced through the BIOBIN can be used either by the residents themselves or they can give it to the corporation," added Rosy.

"We will call for apartments interested to use mobile organic waste converter units. The flat residents have to bear the expense of using this facility. It can range up to Rs 150-200 per month for a family," she said.

Rossy added that the expense could be reduced if more flats in a building make use of the facility.

The total cost envisaged for this project is Rs 4 crore.

The corporation is giving subsidy for bio gas plants along with the waste treatment plants installed at the zonal level in the city. 

In the inaugural ceremony held on Tuesday at the Mission Quarters, members of the local residents' association planted many saplings on the sides of the road.

Mayor Ajitha Jayarajan said the corporation would soon come up with a permanent solution to inorganic waste management.

Author: sustainabilityoutlook