We are the biggest waste generators

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Domestic households contribute to more than half of the total waste generated in the city every day; a factor that has prompted city corporation to push for decentralized in households in the detailed project report (DPR) prepared as part of Mission (Urban).
As per the latest statistics prepared by corporation on various types of waste being generated in the city, domestic is estimated at 188.16 tonnes per day. It is the first authentic report prepared by corporation’s health wing and engineering wing compiling data from health circles and field surveys.

Of the 25 health circles, Thirumala and Poonthura are the biggest generators of domestic waste producing 12.45 and 12.39 tonnes of waste per day respectively. In terms of domestic waste, Chalai and Chenthitta produce the least quantity; 1.14 and 2.5 tonnes per day respectively. The households of the city, based on the housing typology, were categorized as independent bungalows, independent houses of low and middle income groups, tenements, individual flats, apartments and huts or dwellings of economically weaker sections.

The report gives thrust on home-based waste management contrary to the state government’s policy on having centralized plants. “There are around 2.5 lakh households in the city. As the report says, a fairly large quantity is generated in houses which call for the need to process it at the source itself. It also rules out the need for transportation expense,” a corporation official said.

Commercial establishments come next to domestic households in terms of waste generation. The total waste generation in 12,576 commercial establishments including general shops, petty shops, bakeries and juice shops is estimated to be 30.18 tonnes per day.

In case of markets, Chalai is the biggest generator of waste with 6.3 metric tonnes of waste generated per day. At Chalai, 826 vendors do business, a factor which has resulted in the huge generation of daily waste. The report also lays bare the biggest challenge for city corporation. It is estimated that around 35,190 animals are slaughtered per year in the city. As per the report, bones and hides are sent for recycling, while undigested food and intestinal parts are collected in containers by the collection crew. The containers are towed daily to the transfer station at Palayam where it is unloaded. The same is further loaded and transported to the compost facility during night, the report says.

However the officials with health wing say that with so many illegal abattoirs functioning in the city, a large chunk of waste often ends up on roadsides and water bodies, a problem which would need immediate redressal.

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