Chennai: Juggling between multiple works during the northeast monsoon, the conservancy workers are dedicated in their work when it comes to source segregation. On Wednesday, 10.99 tonnes of non-biodegradable waste was collected from households in Kodambakkam zone in the city.
A total of 180 tonnes of non-biodegradable waste was collected from 15 zones in the city. Of them, Manali zone topped the list with 40.15 tonnes and Royapuram zone, 1.35 tonnes of waste.
Armed with four conservancy inspectors and their team spread across four wards (131,132, 137 and 138) covering K K Nagar and Ashok Nagar, the civic body started the source segregation drive since 2 October. Biodegradable waste will be collected on a daily basis from households and non-biodegradable waste only on Wednesdays.
Each ward has been allotted a minimum of 25 tricycles operated by two persons each. “We have asked them to collect only biodegradable waste. On Wednesdays, they would collect non-biodegradable waste. They can sell them and take the money for themselves. This is a sort of bonus for them and it would encourage them to continue the process of collecting non-biodegradable waste,” said a conservancy inspector at K K Nagar.
The collected biodegradable waste is dumped near the burial ground at Jafferkhanpet, where they are put into a compost area to turn it into manure. Later, they are sold in the market, he said.