Close to 6,000 tonnes of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste have been collected as on Friday in the clean-up after the lethal floods that hit Ernakulam.
Estimates by government agencies, including Haritha Keralam Mission and Suchitwa Mission, showed that about 2,393 tonnes of biodegradable waste have been collected while the corresponding figure of non-biodegradable waste was 3,424 tonnes. Of this, 2,367 tonnes of biodegradable waste have been disposed while 300 tonnes of non-biodegradable waste were transported to the Kochi Corporation’s site at Brahmapuram here.
About 70,000 animal carcasses were found with the help of local bodies in the district. The bodies of the dead livestock were buried scientifically as per norms and safety guidelines, said Sujith Karun, district coordinator of Haritha Keralam Mission.
He said that the process of transporting non-biodegradable waste had started in 10 local bodies. These include Eloor, Angamaly, North Paravur, Njarakkal, Kuzhippally, Kadamakkudy, Chengamanad, Edavanakkad, Alangad, and Cheranalloor. Nearly 33 truckloads have been transported from Angamaly alone.
The teams on the ground have found that people in flood-hit areas were dumping all kinds of floodwater-contaminated waste on the roadsides and other common spots after cleaning their homes. The government has asked local bodies to identify one or more common places within a local body for the temporary storage of non-biodegradable waste.
Segregation under way
The waste generated should be segregated into categories such as plastic, electronic waste and beds, sofas, cushions, clothes, etc.
The district administration has already identified and entrusted agencies to transport non-biodegradable waste to Brahmapuram for further segregation, scientific management and recycling. Clean Kerala Company and GJ Eco Power company were entrusted with transportation and management of non bio-degradable waste.
The process of segregating the waste has started at Brahmapuram.
The biodegradable waste should be processed by local bodies using the ‘sani treat’ (for reducing bad odour) and ‘bioculam’ (bioculture) provided by Suchitwa Mission and Haritha Keralam Mission.
Officials said that adequate cleaning materials, fuel-driven pump sets (70 nos), pressure jet pumps, bleaching powder, lime, hydrogen peroxide, gumboots, masks, gloves, etc have been provided by the district administration. Earth movers and tipper lorries have also been provided for transporting waste.
The district administration has said that stringent action will be taken against those dumping waste again into rivers.
As per official estimates, 2,200 police personnel and thousands of volunteers have been taking part in the massive clean-up in Ernakulam.