Public participation vital to make clean city drive a success: MCC Commissioner

The Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) organised a day-long awareness programme for councillors, members of NGOs and citizens on public participation in keeping Mysuru clean, at Bahadur Institute of Management Sciences on Wednesday.

Various companies from Mysuru and Bengaluru had put up stalls and exhibited various ways of segregating waste and converting them into fertilizer and biogas. The stalls were abuzz with people enquiring about process of scientific waste segregation and simultaneously displayed willingness to buy the equipment which would help in effective segregation.

A stall put up by the NIE-Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Technology, Mysuru, had on display a pre-fabricated kitchen waste biogas plant which could be an alternative to LPG at homes. With one to five kg of waste every day generated at home, the plant could generate biogas that could be used for two hours.

The stall in-charge explained that the plant was designed in a way that one need to only dump waste in a barrel-like structure and it indicates once the biogas is ready for use.

“The plants come in a variety of sizes ranging from one to 50 kg capacity. The plants have been installed at Chamundi Temple, Mysuru zoo and the Administrative Training Institute, to name a few,” the stall in-charge said.

One of the unique attractions among the stalls was an offer from penstack.com. The company was offering 10 reams of A4 size paper in exchange for 250 kg of waste papers.

“We produce paper by recycling the waste paper. To do our bit to the environment, we have been approaching companies and government offices with the offer and have received good response,” penstack.com Regional Manager Surendra Babu told City Today.

On an average, he added, about one tonne of waste paper his company receives per day which would be processed in two rounds. From the first round the company produces paper while the remaining will be processed to make files.  

One of the Bengaluru-based companies has come up with a concept of converting wet waste into fertilizer at the comfort of one’s home by just dumping the waste into a specially designed bucket.

“With the help of a cardboard which need to be set at the bottom and coco pit, the waste could be easily transformed in to fertilizers,” the stall in-charge said.

Speaking after the inauguration the programme, MCC Commissioner Dr C G Betsurmath said that Mysuru was doing well in cleanliness as citizens have been active in the clean city campaign.

He said that a few people have already started treating wet waste at the source and generating fertilizers out of it.

“Around 402 metric tonne of waste is generated every day with majority of the share (79 percent), coming from households, followed by sweeping of streets (4.20 percent) and garden waste (4.90 percent). If people treat waste at the source, the percent could drastically decrease,” the commissioner said.

On the complete plastic ban in force in the city, he said that there need to be an attitudinal change among the people to make it successful.

Deputy Mayor Vanita Prasanna, BJP leader H V Rajeev and former MLC D Madegowda were present.

 

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