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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The city corporation will soon kick off the second phase of awareness campaigns on source-level waste management. The decision was taken by the health standing committee in the wake of poor response of city folk towards decentralized waste management.

As part of the campaign, the corporation will invite experts and engineers representing various NGOs to conduct demonstrations of how biogas plants work. Conventions will be organized in public places in all the hundred wards in the corporation. The members of health and sanitation committee of each ward will hold meetings with the residents and propagate the values of source-level waste treatment. Besides councilors will hold special meetings to moot decentralized waste management in their respective wards.

All the councillors have been directed to collect the filled application forms from each household to install either a biogas plant or vermi compost unit on the premises.

Health standing committee chairperson S Pushpalatha said that the collection process will be completed by December 31. "We will present five models of effective waste management as prescribed by the Shuchithwa mission before every household. The representatives of various residents associations will be incorporated in our mission. Our primary aim is to intensify source level waste management in fifty city wards," she said

Earlier the city corporation had organized mass conventions and seminars at VJT Hall, Gandhi Park and Kanakakunnu palace to promote the idea. "This time we will ensure more public participation. We will hold preliminary meetings with all the residents and all their doubts regarding the scheme will be cleared," said welfare standing committee chairman Palayam Rajan.

As part of the campaign, the residents association will be directed to identify vacant plots in their own regions. "Once the plots are identified, the corporation will help them set up biogas plants and ring compost units in that area. If the scheme materializes, waste collection from those residential areas can be reduced to a considerable extent," explained Pushpalatha.


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