Cash receipt of waste collection to be made mandatory for availing local body services

By MK Suresh

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Thiruvananthapuram: The user fee receipt received from Haritha Karma Sena upon collecting non-biodegradable waste would soon become mandatory for people to receive services provided by the local self-governments in Kerala.

The decision comes against the backdrop of the government's aim to scientifically dispose of solid waste, including plastic. The receipt will help authorities verify that households are not burning solid waste.

Several local authorities have found it to be successful in implementing it experimentally. Therefore, the government is hoping to extend the program throughout the state.

The government policy is to dispose of liquid waste at the source. Haritha Karma Sena has been tasked with collecting solid waste, including plastics.

Sena members will collect waste from houses at least once a month. The fee for collecting waste in villages varies between Rs 30 and Rs 50. The amount charged in cities varies depending on the frequency of collection.

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