New microcomposting yards will open in the city before March, according to Tiruchi Corporation Commissioner S. Sivasubramanian.
He told The Hindu here on Thursday that the city had 33 microcomposting yards (MCC) to collect, separate, process and recycle the waste. The concept introduced in 2017 had become a successful model in waste disposal. The MCC, which was first launched in Ariyamangalam, has been expanded to other stations in the city. They have helped reduce the amount of waste transported to the Ariyamangalam Landfill by about 50%.
Mr Sivasubramanian said the state government approved the establishment of 10 more MCCs in different locations around the city to bring more areas under MCC coverage. They were set up in Kuzhumikarai, Selva Nagar, East Boulevard Road, Anna Nagar and Srirangam. Apart from that, two MCCs were set up at the Central Bus booth and another one in the back yard of the Tiruchi Corporation main office.
Depending on the size of the customer center, each would cost anywhere from £ 40 to £ 50. Each would have a capacity of 6 to 7 tons of garbage. The construction of new customer centers had reached an advanced stage. They would be deployed one after the other before March.
The commissioner said the city generates around 450 tons of solid waste every day. Until the introduction of MCC, all garbage was transported without separating degradable and non-degradable material and dumped on the Ariyamangalam landfill. The amount of solid waste transported to Ariyamangalam had dropped to around 250 tons. It was decided to separate, process and dispose of all solid waste in the microcompost yards themselves.
He said no new workers would be hired for the new microcomposting centers because the state government had not given permission to increase the number of plumbing workers. The new customer centers would be managed with the available workforce and members of the self-help group.
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