Declaring a war against unhygienic conditions, blocked drains filled with filth, dustbins oozing out smoke on roads, the Cantonment Board, Ferozepur, on Wednesday launched a programme to ‘transform garbage into gold’.
“Inspired by the model at Ambikapur city in Chhattisgarh, we have decided to replicate the project across the cantonment here, giving a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of Clean India Mission,” revealed Om Pal, chief executive officer, Cantonment Board, while presiding over a workshop organised on the issue.
“Though, the idea of converting garbage into a resource might not be new, but succeeding in implementing it is an achievement at Ambikapur by C Srinivasan of India Green Service, Vellore, Tamil Nadu. Srinivasan is the founder of this Solid Liquid Resource Management (SLRM) project,” said Om Pal.
Srinivasan presented his ideas on sanitation and foolproof garbage management in Bollywood actor Amir Khan’s TV programme ‘Satyamev Jayate’. He has made all wards in Ambikapur city not only totally dustbin-free but also 100% zero waste city.
CONVERTING DUMP INTO A BOTANICAL GARDEN
“We are aiming at converting our dumping yard on 15 acres into a botanical garden in two years. We are aiming at making entire cantonment garbage-free,” claimed Om Pal.
Meanwhile, Srinivasan presented his meticulously prepared model to the gathering at the workshop and made the audience aware of the SRLM project.
“The garbage segregation will begin from home through red and green boxes given to each house. Red box will contain inorganics like paper, cardboard, plastic, electric wires, glass, metal, rubber, bottles, foot-wears and green box contains organic waste like vegetables, garden leaves, meat leftovers, food, coconut, tea and wood,” said Srinivasan.
RECYCLABLE AND NON-RECYCLABLE ITEMS
“The segregation that begins from home will be extended to SLRM sheds. Recyclable organic and non-recyclable items will be packed separately after segregation and sent to central treasury for tertiary segregation of plastics, metal and electronic items and will then be sold as raw materials for recycling to manufacturers, (for which the CBF will make tie up with),” he added.
“Organic waste like leftovers will be fed to the cattle, ducks and hens at centres while other remains will be used in bio gas digesting and composting,” he informed.
“Inorganic waste has 17 categories and several subcategories of paper, plastic, electric goods etc that are sold for recycling to manufacturers of the region,” he said.
GARBAGE COLLECTION RECORD
“Making best use of technology, the supervisors of each garbage collecting team will be given a tab and bluetooth printer at SLRM centres, who will upload info on quantity of garbage collected separately on solid and liquid form.
A receipt will be issued by the server and printed while statistics about staff, individual user, area, category of waste, daily collection of waste and user charges etc will always available in the server.
“Polluted ponds, heaps of garbage and choked drains cannot be cleaned in India with only broom or bamboo so the SLRM is the permanent solution,” he pointed out.
On Wednesday, the project was initiated by decomposing leaves and other organic waste.