After the Chennai City Corporation asked all residents to start waste segregation from October 2, apartment complexes and hotels in the city have now also been asked to compost all the garbage they produce in their own premises.
The Chennai Corporation has issued notices to all these establishments, including marriage halls. The New Indian Express reported that the main aim behind this move is to reduce the garbage which is transferred to long distances, which often leads to it becoming stinking, putrefied organic matter by the time it reaches the dump yard.
The corporation asked the apartment complexes to compost the waste using mechanised shredding and composting assembly units which would cost about Rs. 17 lakhs for a fully automated unit. A corporation official told TNIE that a 4x5 feet will be enough for the apartment complexes to carry out composting.
Moreover, it could also be used for gardening and other purposes.
The apartment complexes which are looking for mechanised composting units, the corporation has linked them to the National Seeds Corporation.
As Gandhi Jayanthi is around the corner, the corporation has intensified its Swachh Bharat campaign which includes source segregation of waste. Chennai city corporation officials have set October 2 as the date for residents across all zones to begin waste segregation. This is meant to decrease the amount on non-biodegradable waste dumped in landfills, reported The Times of India.
According to the solid waste department of the Chennai Corporation, the city generates close to 3,200 tonnes of garbage on a daily basis. This garbage is collected from bins in 15 zones and split between Chennai's two dumping yards - Kodungaiyur and Perungudi. Garbage from zones one to eight are carried by trucks to Kodungaiyur, which has a 270-acre landfill in the northern part of the city, while eight to fifteen arrive at the Perungudi landfill in South Chennai.