|October 10, 2015 at 6:44 pm #5909|
The solid waste management cell of the department of science and technology has been closely coordinating with panchayats in the state over the past two years encouraging them to part with their dry non-biodegradable and non-recyclable waste.
Few panchayats cooperated with the cell in 2013. By March this year all 189 panchayats had supplied their non-biodegradable waste to the cell at least once. Fifteen panchayats have been regular- calling up the cell each month and having their non-biodegradable waste collected. Other panchayats had their waste collected every few months. Still others have only called for the truck once and are yet to keep pace with the other panchayats.
The cell has collected waste ranging from 98 tonnes to 5kg from panchayats from January to September this year. Penha de Franca, Chicalim, Anjuna-Caisua, Curti-Khandepar and Merces panchayats have submitted as much as 98 tonnes, 46 tonnes, 39 tonnes, 29 tonnes and 38 tonnes of non-biodegradable waste respectively, topping the list of panchayats collecting the most waste in the state this year.
On the other hand the panchayats of Cumbharjua, Siolim-Sodiem, Gotlim-Navelim, Bhome-Adcolna and Volvoi each submitted a mere 5kg, 9kg, 10 kg, 16kg and 20kg respectively to the cell, this year.
The collection mechanism set up by the cell ensures that once substantial waste is collected by panchayats, trucks are sent to collect the waste. To minimize costs, the cell chalks out the most optimal route and closely monitors the collection process. Once collected, the waste is sent to the baling station at Karapur Sarvan, Bicholim, where it is further segregated ensuring no items that can be recycled are mixed. The voluminous waste is then compressed into bales of 250-270kg each and sent off to Vasavdatta Cement Company to be used as fuel. The company signed an MOU with the state in 2013 agreeing to use the dry waste in co-processing. The state has sent 4,000 metric tonnes of non-biodegradable waste till date, for processing in the company’s cement kilns. The cell has worked towards greater compression of bales so that each truck can carry more waste and considerably bring down the transportation cost.
Source/Reference: Times of India, “Solid waste mgmt cell aligns with panchayats to tackle garbage“