Managing waste; Hassan makes a start

Zero waste management unit opened; city produces about 60 tonnes of garbage

If all goes well, Hassan city would be spruced up soon as two zero waste management units are getting into shape and expected to be completed in a couple of months. Along with this, it will also produce bio-compost that aims to benefit farmers.

As a prelude to this, the city municipal council has already launched a unit a month ago on an experimental basis near Arkalgud road here. A total of ive tonnes of garbage is being processed daily. Garbage from Kattinakere market is being brought to the unit and is segregated into bio-degradable and non-bio-degradable before treating the same into compost. Garbage from ward 26 to 29 is also being collected and brought to the unit for converting it into  compost.

Going ahead, waste from Hemavathi nagar is also being brought to the unit for processing. After a month the first batch of compost would be ready and the CMC is prepared to hand it over to the farmers. The garbage collected from the market is being segregated into dry and wet waste.The wet waste is dumped in the unit and mixed with bacteria, which acts faster than the worms that is used to produce vermicompost. The recycling waste is processed in another method and other wastes would be segregated at a unit set up in Ageele, according to sources.

Solution

CMC commissioner Nagabhushan said with the success of the first unit which is churning out manure out of garbage, two more units will be started in a couple of days. Later, units will be set up near district stadium, Vanivilas and near Beeranahalli lake. Along with this permission has been sought from the government to purchase 10 auto tippers and is expected to rollout soon, he said.

Cooperation

People’s cooperation is necessary for the success of any project and it is easier if the garbage is segregated at the source itself. Though awareness has been created on the same, it has not met with proper response. Hence, it has become inevitable to make it mandatory.

He appealed to the residents to segregate the waste before disposing it which would help to a great extent and it is possible to see the waste vanishing slowly from the roadsides. Hassan city produces 50 to 60 tonnes of waste every day and it is inevitable to look for a solution.

With the increasing pile of garbage every passing day, lack of pourakarmikas is yet another hurdle. If such units are not set up, it would become difficult to maintain cleanliness and hygiene in the city, said Nagabushan.

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