Haritha Karma Sena members. File Photo.
Thiruvananthapuram: Waste management which was once considered a complex problem has become something that gives returns. Corroborating the same, Haritha Karma Sena (Green Task Force) under the state government’s Kudumbashree Mission has fetched Rs 6.59 crores from the sales of waste collected across the state in 2021. Notably, the earnings are from the sales of non-biodegradable solid waste.
Haritha Karma Sena was constituted to manage waste in local bodies. The teams of the Green Tak Force have been involved in the collection and management of non-biodegradable waste in each ward of a local body.
As per the 2021 data, the teams in panchayats fared more than municipalities and corporations. The contribution towards income from sales of waste in panchayats, municipalities and corporations are 70 per cent, 28 per cent and 2 per cent, respectively.
Among the districts, Kannur witnessed the best performance as 70 per cent of households were part of the waste collection. While Thiruvananthapuram is at the bottom of the list as only 27 per cent of households were covered in the process.
However, specific to corporations, data shows another trend. Thiruvananthapuram marked good performance by covering 92 per cent of households. In the same category, Thrissur holds the second position by covering 78 per cent of households. While Kannur was only able to cover only 12 per cent of households in the corporation.
Kudumbashree neighbourhood groups launched in 2016 got a bifurcation as Haritha Karma Senas and have been involved in door-to-door collection of waste from both households and establishments.
The teams are charging only a nominal fee for this collection and have been collecting materials including plastic.
Haritha Karma Sena has been holistically integrated by local bodies, Suchithwa Mission, Kudumbashree, Haritha Kerala Mission and MGNREGS.
A total of 793 local bodies including 718 panchayats, 72 municipalities and three corporations have achieved hygiene status.