Govt mulls action against those burning waste; to observe dry day once a week
Thiruvananthapuram: The local self-government department has issued strict guidelines against burning of waste and dumping garbage in public places and water resources.
Dry day has to be observed at government offices and houses once a week. Measures for mosquito eradication has to be taken. Awareness messages in this regard will be conveyed through loudspeakers and social media.
All office chiefs have been asked to instruct employees to clean offices and premises that are closed during lockdown. Tables, chairs and files in offices should be disinfected. Fogging should be carried out in all offices.
Non-reusable and non-recyclable waste materials will be handed over to Clean Kerala Company and Kerala Enviro Infrastructure Ltd for bio-mining. All those collecting waste should use elbow-length gloves made from rubber and masks.
Waste should be separated. Non-biodegradable waste from community kitchens should be disinfected and collected by local self-government bodies and handed over to Clean Kerala Company after lockdown is lifted.
All market spaces, malls, shops and temporary stalls should be disinfected. Biodegradable waste should be composted. Non-biodegradable waste should be handed over to Clean Kerala Company. Waterlogging shouldn’t happen.
Use of plastic
Plastic use should be reduced to a minimum at quarantine centres and community kitchens. Instead environment-friendly materials should be used.
Biodegradable waste at houses will be converted to compost. Non-biodegradable waste will be collected from houses after lockdown is lifted.
Possibility of handing over used sanitary napkins and diapers from houses and apartments to the waste management service by IMAGE according to health department protocol will be sought.