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Landfilled solid waste to be excavated, processed

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To do away with heaps of unprocessed non-biodegradable waste accumulated at the corporation dumping yard at Ariyamangalam, the city corporation is planning to opt bio-mining- a process whereby solid wastes which have previously been landfilled are excavated and processed.

Spread across 167 sqkm area, the city generates an average of 469 tonnes of waste on a daily basis from 65 wards. While the Ariyamangalam dumping yard has been in use for over four decades, the waste accumulation is estimated to be over 12 lakh tonnes.

Half of the waste generated daily is organic including vegetable and food waste, which is converted into manure for the last couple of years by the corporation.

However, the rest of the non-biodegradable waste dumped at the yard all these years is the cause of all problems. Apart from polluting the soil and ground water, the dump yard has been creating health issues to people living nearby.

"Bio mining would address these issues effectively as has been successfully implemented at Maraimalai Nagar in Chennai," said corporation commissioner N Ravichandran.

Stating that the work would begin as soon as the state government gives the approval, the commissioner said that the idea is to convert the waste into refuse-derived fuel (RDF) which can be used as fuel in industrial units.

"The interesting part of the project is that the corporation will be spending minimum for the project as the revenue generated out of the waste will bear the cost of shredding and drying process to convert it into RDF," said Ravichandran.

The process would help retrieve 43 acre of land which has been filled with waste all these years.

Welcoming the move, S P Saravanan, president of Environment Care Society, Trichy, said they were anticipating some real ground work from the corporation towards a better change. Saravanan has been spearheading a series of protest demanding the relocation of the waste yard and advocates zero dumping at any place.

Stressing on recycling of waste at source which demands behavioural change among people, he said before Ariyamangalam is cleared, waste meant for dumping should not generate in the city.

In Sweden, people come forward to buy recycled waste, said B Dharmaraj, director of Zigma Global Environ Solutions private limited. The firm is has been instrumental in retrieving about 7 acre of land in Kumbakonam with 1.36 tonnes of waste.

He said that the civic body is willing to take up bio mining has been offered 35 per cent funding from the Centre. Besides, minister forest and environment too will assist them in the process.


source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/landfilled-solid-waste-to-be-excavated-processed/articleshow/58230336.cms


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Trichy pledges to get rid of plastic straws

Trichiites on Friday took 'No Straw Challenge', a collaborative effort by various NGOs and youth organisations in the city, discouraging the usage of straw made of plastic to drink juice and other beverages.

Plastic straws being the eighth biggest pollutants of water bodies in the world, volunteers from various organizations converged under the banner of 'Ithu Namathu Trichy' to sensitise the public on the menace. The campaign has gone viral in social media platforms with people posting selfies while taking #NoStrawChallenge by drinking beverages without straw.

City corporation commissioner N Ravichandran led many others to take the NoStrawChallenge as they gathered near the central bus stand on Friday as part of the event. Juice was served to the gathered - for a change in paper glasses made of sugarcane pulp. "These glasses are safe unlike other paper glasses available in the market with wax coating," said Manoj Dharmar, founder member of Shine TREEchy, a voluntary youth organisation which initiated the online campaign. "We came to know that a district in Kerala has banned the usage of straws. We hope the city corporation too comes up with a similar initiative," he said.

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It might be hard to believe how using a plastic straw is going to cause a huge damage to the environment, says Ganesan, a volunteer. Recalling an incident, he said, "Recently a team of scientists in Costa Rica came across an endangered species of sea turtle with what they thought was a parasitic worm blocking its airway. They realized it was actually a plastic straw. The scientists successfully dislodged the straw themselves and released the turtle back into the ocean. The team members filmed their efforts and one can see the ordeal that the turtle underwent in the online video," he said. "A straw can be used only once unlike other plastics like carry bags as it is dumped after use," said event coordinator A Akshaya.


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