Thiruvananthapuram, Sep30: Technopark's integrated Solid Waste Management facility can be popularised across the state as a successful and scalable source-level waste management system, said the Minister for Industries and IT Shri PK Kunhalikkutty.
Speaking after inaugurating the waste treatment plant at Technopark's phase I campus, the minister said that the economically viable model can be replicated in every household of the state as a solution to the most pertinent issue of our times.
“Technopark’s initiatives like awareness campaigns to reduce per person waste production are also commendable and should be replicated widely,” said the Minister. He also expressed willingness to take forward the concept of Recycling Park in 10 acre, suggested by the CREDAI Clean City Movement Chairman Shri Jose Joseph Moojely in the function.
The Minister for Urban Affairs and Welfare of Minorities, Shri Manjalamkuzhi Ali who presided over the function said that Public attitude towards waste treatment plants needs to be changed. “Solid waste should be treated at the source level itself”, said the Minister.
Shri PH Kurian, Principal Secretary to the department of IT and industries, delivered the welcome address. Shri MA Vahid MLA, Technopark CEO Shri KG Girish Babu and CREDAI Vice President Shri SN Reghuchandran Nair also spoke.
Technopark’s eco-friendly Solid Waste Management System has had a successful trial run of five months. The facility set up in 50 cents land spending 3 Crores recycles 3 tonnes of solid waste every day.
Through the Integrated Rejection Management system of aerobic microorganism composting, 1,000 kg of organic waste is converted into fertiliser. Using the anaerobic digestion method, 2,000 kg of organic waste is converted into biogas through hydraulic pressure. The daily equivalent of 80 kg of Biogas produced in the two biogas plants is now used for the incinerator that burns non-recyclable waste materials like napkins, used tissues and paper cups.
Dry food waste and those with citric content are treated in bio-bins which convert the organic waste into fertiliser through an accelerated decay in 16 days. The fertiliser is used in the vegetable garden around the plant and all over in the campus. The recyclable plastic waste and cardboards are shredded and sold out.
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