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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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Residents plump for ‘Greening Treechy’

Greening Treechy, an initiative by the Trichy district administration aimed at increasing green cover in the urban and rural parts of the district, is gradually gaining momentum here with individuals queuing up to get the saplings of native trees in an effort to make Trichy green. A call to a mobile number of the agriculture department will reserve your quota of five saplings for free.

Anyone interested in growing trees on their house premises will only have to call 7402704803 to register their name with an agriculture officer in-charge of distribution of the saplings under the Greening Treechy project. Native varieties like Neem, Pungan, Vaadham, Mahakani, Iyal Vaagai and Thoongu Vaagai are available here.

The free sapling distribution scheme which was launched a few years ago was revived recently by the district administration. "The objective of the scheme is to ensure green cover in as many areas as possible in the district. The concept of the initiative is to make people aware of the need to grow trees on their residential premises. It is up to the people to make it successful by maintaining the saplings until they grow as trees," district collector Dr KS Palanisamy told TOI on Tuesday.

Agriculture department officials said that they have distributed around 4,000 saplings in three months. "The response from the people is good. We have distributed the saplings to the interested people so that they will know the value of growing trees," said personal assistant (agriculture) to collector S Shanthi.

Trichy has only around 11 % green cover though it should have been 33 % ideally. Lack of space around the house and ignorance about the need to grow trees have been keeping the city as a concrete jungle at several places. In order to keep track of the maintenance of the saplings by the people, the agriculture department is planning to physically verify their growth.
"We are going to intensify the monitoring through our field staff. People also will be asked to send pictures of the grown saplings through WhatsApp on the same number. Besides, we will work out some more plans to promote tree plantation in the district," said Shanthi.


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Corporation hopes to get clearance for biomining at Ariyamangalam

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Saddled with a huge quantum of garbage accumulated over the past few decades at its Ariyamangalam garbage dump in the outskirts of the city, the Tiruchi Corporation is hoping to get the government’s clearance for implementing a biomining project at the dump during the current financial year.

The civic body, in its Budget for 2017-18, has reiterated its plan to implement a biomining project to dispose tonnes of accumulated garbage at the dump. The dump is spread over an area of about 45 acres and has turned into a veritable swamp of putrid and reeking mounds of garbage, accumulated down the years.

Over the past 10 years, the civic body had toyed with various other options to dispose of the massive garbage accumulated at the dump. Almost every summer, the landfill fires have sent clouds of smoke posing a huge health hazard to residents living around the facility. The problem has triggered public outcry and frequent agitations over the past few years.

With the possibility of shifting the garbage dump being ruled out, the Corporation has planned to go in for a scientific disposal method to find a permanent solution to the recurring problem. A consultant was appointed to draw up the detailed project estimate for the biomining project to process and dispose the solid waste. The DPR has since been forwarded to the Municipal Administration Department for approval, Corporation sources indicated.

Since the project involves an investment of about ₹40 crore, the government is expected to explore various options available and approve the most economically viable solution, the sources added.

A proposal outlined in the Corporation Budget for the current year points out that the city generated about 469 tonnes of solid waste every day and of this about 250 tonnes were processed for manufacturing bio fertilizer. The remaining 219 tonnes of garbage continues to be dumped at the sprawling dump site.

The Budget also pointed out that steps have been taken to decentralise the solid waste management system in the city by creating micro compost yards at different parts of the city. Besides, bio-methanisation plants which would use solid waste were also being set up.



source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/corporation-hopes-to-get-clearance-for-biomining-at-ariyamangalam/article17866859.ece


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