Indore to be ‘zero landfill city’ by December end

Indore: Indore, the cleanest city of India, is soon going to become “zero landfill city”. Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has taken up a task of disposing of heaps of garbage at trenching ground in Devguradia area in next four months.

“A team from New Delhi will be arriving in the city in January for Swachh Survekshan-2019. Before that, we will have to do away with old waste lying at trenching ground to score over other cities in Swachh survey,” said additional municipal commissioner Rohan Saxena.

Around 10 lakh metric tonne of waste is lying at trenching ground which accumulated over the years. Saxena said that though it is an uphill task to dispose of such a huge amount of garbage in four months but it would be done anyhow.

The IMC has planned to press additional staff and machines dispose of heaps of garbage from the landfill. “As of now, two machines are treating waste at the landfill site. We will increase the number of machines to 10,” he said. IMC is going to do remediation of garbage, which is a scientific method of treating waste.

As garbage is lying at the dumping site for past many years it has decomposed. Bacterial spray will be used on it so it gets loosed further and segregated easily. “When scientifically segregated, soil from the waste will be removed which will be used for developing garden at Devguradia and nearby places. Residues such as plastic, clothes and other material will be recycled,” solid waste management consultant Asad Warsi said.

He said that plastic would be sent to material recover plant at the trenching ground and clothes will be given to cement or other facilities. Landfill will be a thing of past once garbage is removed from there, as today solid waste in the city is segregated at the source. Instead of moving piles of trash to a dumpsite, the wet waste is composted in local plants and a significant amount is processed into biogas for cooking, while the dry waste is channelled to recyclers.

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