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I would like to initiate a discussion on Solid Waste Management in Coimbatore. When I started separating Wet and Dry waste at home, I came to know about how waste can be reduced.

We would use this thread to improve the quality of life, not only ours but also people live near dumping grounds near Vellalore.
 

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All the best venkat.. RAAC wants to educate people the importance of source segregation of wet and dry waste..


We would be soon joining a drive by corporation in ward no 23 R.S Puram
 

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Mr.Raveendran,

A few points from our experience in Chennai.

We are part of Exnora International and for KB Nagar, Adyar, we have a sub body for day to day management.

We pooled in money and supplied coloured bags / pouches to each house. Bio Degradable in Green and others in Red. We also educated our neighbourhood esp the servant maids who handle the waste in most houses. All e Wastes should not be mixed and a separate collection would be done.

We also have engaged the local Gypsy (Narikorava) people to collect the waste from each house in separate colored bags.

They would deposit the organic waste at the place where they culture earthworms and get the organic manure in return for our gardens. Very cheap cost only.

They would dump the Red bags in Corporation / Onyx / Neel Metal / now Ramky designated areas.

e wastes would be dumped in e waste dealers places.

All were going so smoothly from 1995 till recently.

The Narikoravasa have been threatened and driven away by the Corporation employees and Ramky collectors and they started collecting directly from the houses / flats.

Though we give 2 or 3 separate coloured bags to them, they dump all together in the same street corner bins, thus by negating all the efforts we made.

Since you are just staring, please consider all these factors in advance.

Thanks & All the Best.
 

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Civic body gearing up for mega event on waste management

Civic body gearing up for mega event on waste management^^^^


It aims at mobilising large number of people who will learn about segregation.

With exactly a week left for the Coimbatore Corporation to attempt setting a Guinness World Record, efforts are gathering pace at the civic body office in Town Hall.

The effort will be at mobilising the largest number of people, who will gather at a venue to learn about waste segregation.

According to sources, in the 45 – 60 minute session that will start around 10.30 a.m. on August 5 (Wednesday), waste management and environment experts with the help of audio visual tools will tell the participants what is solid waste management, the journey of waste and also engage the participants into activities.

The activities include asking the participants to identify and segregate the waste based on the 23 cards to be given them for the purpose. They will not handle waste, though.

The Corporation has planned to live stream the event to more than 50 schools and 10 plus colleges, the sources say and add that this count is as of Wednesday. In the coming days the number of participating institutions will increase. But for the purpose of Guinness World Record attempt, only the number of participants at the venue – CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex – will be taken into account and not those at partner institutions.

Throughout the session, there will be a steward for every 50 participant and there will be audit teams monitoring the progress.

And, there will a Guinness World Record adjudicator, who will also be present.

At the end of the session, the adjudicator will sit with the audit team to evaluate the performance and thereafter initiate the process of giving the Guinness World Record certificate if all the criteria have been fulfilled.

The Corporation began its first attempt in February this year but had to abort because of poor planning.

Then the attempt was for engaging the largest number of people in litter collection.

After a series of correspondence with the Guinness team, the Corporation changed the category under which it is attempting to engage the largest number of people in learning about segregated waste collection.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/civic-body-gearing-up-for-mega-event-on-waste-management/article7479345.ece
 

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Corporation begins composting organic waste at Vellalore

Corporation begins composting organic waste at Vellalore^^^^



The city generates close to 900 tonnes of waste a day

The Coimbatore Corporation has begun composting organic waste at its facility in the Vellalore dump yard.

According to the sources, the Corporation has a separate facility – other than the one run by Coimbatore Integrated Waste Management Company Pvt. Ltd. – to manage 450 – 500 tonnes of waste a day. The city generates close to 900 tonnes of waste a day. Nearly 400 tonnes of it goes to the Company’s facility and the rest the Corporation manages.

At this facility, the civic body processes over 50 tonnes of organic waste a day – collected from wards, markets and restaurants.

The Corporation uses exclusive vehicles to transport the organic waste and dumps it in an open yard measuring 2,800 sq.m. at the facility. The waste will remain in the open for 21 days. Effective microorganism and culture solutions are sprayed to fasten decomposing.

On the 22nd day, the waste will be shifted to tanks with earthworms. At the end of four weeks, the Corporation will take out the compost to be used at its parks, the sources say.

Biomethanation plants

Even as it goes about readying the organic waste, the Corporation has also repaired two biomethanation plants of three tonne capacity each. It will start diverting a portion of its composted waste to the plant to power street lights or small machinery at the Vellalore yard, the sources say.

For every 100 tonnes of waste the civic body composts, it gets 20 tonnes of manure.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/corporation-begins-composting-organic-waste-at-vellalore/article7745202.ece
 

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Coimbatore Corporation to youth: Take up solid waste management as social entrepreneurship

Coimbatore Corporation to youth: Take up solid waste management as social entrepreneurship^^^^

COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore Corporation on Friday launched a programme to motivate youngsters to take up solid waste management as a social entrepreneurship.

Launching the Solid Waste Management Entrepreneurship Development Programme,, corporation commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan said several youngsters, who are volunteers of groups like No Dumping Team, were doing extremely well by collecting waste and segregating it. "We want more youngsters to take this up as social entrepreneurship," he said.

Members of the No Dumping Team shared their success stories. Over 12 youngsters and 20 other young entrepreneurs took part at the launch event held at Rathinam College of Arts and Science.

Currently, the No Dumping Team has set up kiosks in several public locations, residential areas, apartments, airports and other locations. They collected the waste, segregated it and recycled and composted it.

Talking to TOI, C Prashanth of No Dumping said: "We have a team of people working on it and this is our business. We work on it full time and get revenue as well." He added that they would love to train other youngsters in this as well.


Padmanabhan Gopalan of No Food Waste said currently segregation was taking place in 22 wards of the Coimbatore Corporation. "But the civic body plans to extend it to 50 more wards, and they wanted youngsters to take it up.


The civic body will hold a five-day workshop for all the interested students. "One day, they would be given a brief about the city's waste collection. The second day, they would be taken to the compost yard where they would interact with officials and understand the entire process. We would also hold interactive sessions with present social entrepreneurs involved in the solid waste management in the city. They will also be trained in waste collection and segregation process by officials," said Padamanabhan.


Currently, 12 youngsters have come forward. "We hope many would come forward in the coming days. There are no set dates for the workshops. It will be held whenever students and entrepreneurs enroll themselves," he added.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/coimbatore/Coimbatore-Corporation-to-youth-Take-up-solid-waste-management-as-social-entrepreneurship/articleshow/53561848.cms
 

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Now, mobile app will keep track of waste movement

Now, mobile app will keep track of waste movement^^^^

Coimbatore: A mobile application to keep track of movement of waste and ensure accountability has been developed and will be put to use by the Coimbatore Corporation.

The civic body, which has not documented the waste collection nor monitored the process at the micro level, is now planning to do so through this application. All sanitary inspectors will be given the app and they will have to enter details of the waste collected. They will be held accountable for waste collection and transportation. This data can be monitored by any official from across the country using their user name and password. "Recently, when Central government officials visited the corporation under Swachh Bharat mission, they gave us some guidelines and suggestions to monitor solid waste management from the ground level. So we came up with the idea of developing an app," said K Vijaya Karthikeyan, corporation commissioner.

The solid waste management entrepreneurs will enter the amount of wet waste, dry waste and hazardous waste collected every day from each ward.


Under the dry waste column, the entrepreneurs will enter the details of waste collected under heads such as, paper, metal, plastic, polythene and other dry waste. "The app will have a dash board that will have graphical representation of the waste collected from all wards on that day. It will give details about the amount of waste that reached the dump yard, corporation hubs and community waste from apartments," said Suresh Bhandari of Clean Cities Foundation, an NGO.


Corporation officials said that as everything would be quantified, performance of officials could be measured more accurately.


"As everything would be recorded, it will give us a better understanding of the waste that is produced in the city and also help us identify methods of dealing with it," said a corporation sanitary officer. Apart from the entrepreneurs, this application would be given to sanitary officials in charge of the vermi-compost plant as well.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/coimbatore/Now-mobile-app-will-keep-track-of-waste-movement/articleshow/53627297.cms
 

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Coimbatore citizens along with C. C. M. C hosts a special thematic cleaning drive in front of Coimbatore Railway station Swachh Bharat Urban
 

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City corporation to give Vellalore dump yard a facelift with Swiss NGO’s help

City corporation to give Vellalore dump yard a facelift with Swiss NGO’s help^^^^

Coimbatore: The city corporation has decided to upgrade Vellalore dump yard using a three-pronged approach.

Switzerland-based NGO International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI ), which conducted a study on it, will submit its report next month, civic body officials said. “We will try to increase the capacity by setting up a refuse-derived fuel plant that will process 600 tonnes of waste. More than 24 lakh tonnes of old waste is strewn across the dump yard. That will be collected and capped scientifically. A park will be set up after the process. Also, the existing vermicompost plant with a capacity of 100 tonnes will be upgraded to accommodate another 100 tonnes,” a corporation official said.

According to Sella Krishnan of ICLEI, volunteers have been assessing the waste dumped at the yard. They have also studied the landscape, terrain and other factors. “Based on the report, we will submit the various suggestions that could be taken up. Currently of the 900 tonnes, 500 tonnes is processed at a plant. The vermicompost plant is of just 100tonnes capacity. Keeping the future expansion of the city in mind, the dump yard needs to be renovated and upgraded,” he said. The capacity of the bio-methanisation plant at the dump yard should also be increased, he told TOI.

Civic body officials said that once the refuse-derived fuel plant is set up, non-recyclable waste will be shredded and incinerated after which the fuel will be used to generate electricity. “This plant will not just speed up the process, but also reduce pollution. We have also laid foundation stone to set up biomethanisation plant at the uzhavar santhai in R S Puram. We will ensure community management of waste is upgraded so that only segregated waste reaches the dump yard,” a senior corporation official said.

As much as 400 tonnes of dry waste is collected a week and a revenue of Rs 10 lakh is generated, which is paid to the sanitary workers as incentives, said a corporation official. “We collect only dry waste on Wednesdays. We plan to expand this to all 100 wards and ensure that segregation of waste is implemented in all homes,” he said.

Another detailed report will be prepared for the management of old waste, which is posing a huge problem for the civic body as constant fires have marred its reputation. “We have an ambitious plan to set up parks and landscape the entire dump yard. We will take up the work based on the availability of funds,” said an official.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/coimbatore/city-corporation-to-give-vellalore-dump-yard-a-facelift-with-swiss-ngos-help/articleshow/64035381.cms
 

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Four village panchayats aim for zero waste dumping

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Coimbatore: Four village panchayats in Coimbatore district have taken the lead in rural solid waste management in a scientific manner, aiming for zero garbage dumping in their limits.

The four panchayats in Karamadai block have entered into an agreement with a private company for scientific disposal of waste. A Ravichandran, block development officer of Karamadai block, signed an MoU with ITC Limited on Tuesday to maintain zero garbage at the four panchayats.

Head of ITC Packaging and Specialty Paper unit, Coimbatore, Pranav Sharma signed the agreement on behalf of the company.

The programme will be implemented in Thekkampatti, Kemmarampalayam, Kalampalayam and Maradhur panchayats with the help of Imayam Social Welfare Organization offering expertise in solid waste management.

As per the MoU, ITC will create awareness among residents to segregate the garbage at household level. ITC will also conduct various awareness programmes and guide the panchayat staff to do scientific waste management.

Ravichandran said that the solid waste management programme will be rolled out in a phased manner. The programme has been taken up under public private community partnership on Rural Solid waste management (RSWM) under the aegis of “Mission Sunehrakal.” The programme will be in place for three years.

Panchayat officials said that few villages including Odanthurai which is also located in Karamadai have been implementing solid waste management programmes for years. But several villages are yet to wake up to the concept and the programme in these four village panchayats would be a wake-up call for others.

Representatives from Imayam said that awareness programmes on solid waste management have already started in the villages.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/coimbatore/four-village-panchayats-aim-for-zero-waste-dumping/articleshow/64655486.cms
 
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