This Is How Trivandrum Is Composting Its Own Waste, With the Help of Residents.

Photo: Municipal Corporation of Thiruvananthapuram

From the date of commencement, the project has seen extensive progress in waste disposal practices in the city.

The State’s mission to close down its landfills has kicked off in Thiruvananthapuram. With a system designed to composting organic waste right at the source, the corporation offers free equipment and maintenance services at a nominal price.

Residents’ houses are being set up with composting facilities for which they will be receiving technical assistance. Local service providers offer three-layered bin and 30-litre coco peat-based inoculum. All this with a monthly service charge of Rs.200. As an extension to the disposal of bio-degradable waste, the system to dispose non bio-degradable waste has been simplified.

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Recyclable items like plastic and cardboard can be dropped off at authorised centres and low-value waste at resource recovery facilities between 5 am and 9 pm. The plastics sent to Material Recover Facility are shredded down and utilised for tarring roads. In sync with the waste disposal practices, Kerala government has also implemented a GREEN PROTOCOL which aims at reducing the usage of non-bio-degradable goods. The GREEN PROTOCOL was enforced during Onam celebrations at Kanakakunnu Palace.

“Green technicians, as they are called, will provide monthly technical assistance as well as collect the compost if the resident does not require it. Service providers will collect only non-biodegradable waste from households. The monthly service charge is 200,” says Shibu, Director of Thanal, which provides technical consultancy to governments, institutions and communities on solid waste management and zero waste systems.

In case of commercial buildings, they enter into an accord with the City Corporation that they will make arrangements for their disposal of organic waste.

“They must prove that they have a sound, Corporation-approved system in place. Alternatively, they can make an arrangement with outside agencies such as NGOs, local groups or individuals, to take away the organic waste. These agencies, however, must be approved by Kerala Suchitwa Mission,” adds Shibu

From the date of commencement, the project has seen extensive progress in waste disposal practices in the city.

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