Paradip, Nov 22 (LocalWire): For the first time, Paradip Municipality has generated manure from waste to be used in agricultural fields to ensure solid waste management in the port city.
Earlier, Paradip Municipality had set up a Material Recovery Facility (MRF), a specific centre where non-compostable solid waste was temporarily stored by the civic body. Five Micro Composting Centres (MCC) were set up to decentralize the processing of organic waste and to ensure zero discharge of organic waste to the landfill.
These facilitated the municipality to leverage the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Urban Livelihoods Mission and Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban convergence by providing livelihoods to women as waste pickers. This will ensure better working conditions as they will be provided with toilets, clean water and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Solid waste management will cover all eighteen wards with everyday average collection of solid waste and garbage up to 50 tonnes.
The residents often dump garbage on the streets causing unhygienic atmosphere in the port city. Besides, many drains are choked by garbage and solid waste.
The municipality launched a campaign to create awareness by collecting garbage door-to-door. They are also using vehicles with separate cabins to collect biodegradable waste and other waste.
Executive Officer, Paradip Municipality Dillip Mohanty said solid waste generated in urban areas is segregated into wet waste (mainly from kitchens) and dry waste.
‘Wet waste is processed in the MCCs using ‘enzyme solution’ and converted to compost-manure. Through this method, the first lot of compost-manure is generated in the MCCs of Paradip Municipality in which four tonnes of wet waste generated one tonne manure, which will be used in the agricultural fields,’ he explained.