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    Garbage to be producers responsibility soon

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The City Corporation will approve the new ordinance which makes garbage disposal an extended producer liability, in the next Council. The ordinance has been approved by the State Government by amending the Kerala Municipality Act and Rules. The City Corporation will also join hands with the district administration to identify a one-acre plot in a ward to pilot a modern integrated technology to treat garbage.The decisions were taken at the special meeting which was chaired by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and attended by majority of ministers in the capital to discuss a common solid waste management system for the state.The committee (headed by R V G Menon which was formed to study on the various technologies and identify those feasible for the state) and the Suchitwa Mission have shortlisted nearly 12 technologies and technology-providers. A presentation of these technologies were made by the Suchitwa Mission at the special meeting.According to Mayor K Chandrika, the Corporation will go ahead with the decentralised programme. But it would also abide by the new plans being made by the State Government. She said that the public would be made aware that the garbage they produce is their liability. In future, as soon as the ordinance is adopted, the plastic sellers would have to give a part of their sales to the Corporation as the ‘malinya nivarana fund’, the Mayor said. ‘’A ward would be selected where a modern technology sans odour or leachate would be tried out and if it proves successful, the government plans to extend it to other places in the state. We are left with the heavy responsibility of convincing the public on the modern technologies,’’ she said. The Mayor said that the deadline set by the Janakeeya Samithi in Vilappil is not acceptable as the new plans cannot be implemented in a whiz of the wand. She said that the government would call more meetings with the Corporation and Samithi to arrive at a consensus on the time-bound manner in which the new projects are to be implemented. According to sources, the government would support the decentralised programme, but would move ahead with the plan to introduce centralised plants too, with the capacity to treat 25 to 30 kg of waste a day in various regions. These would be integrated technologies which would stress on waste-to-energy conversion.