Manjeri natives to get bio-bins for just Rs 110 to solve waste management problems
Manjeri: Soon, 10,000 bio-bins will be set up in Manjeri to process bio-waste. The initiative aims to turn bio-waste including food waste into fertiliser which can be used for organic farming.
As the project received technical approval, an agreement with the implementing agency Socio-Economic Foundation will be signed on Monday.
As part of an experiment, 540 bio-bins were set up in the region one month ago. Though the direction is to collect 10 percent of the cost from consumers, only 5 percent is being collected, said health committee chairperson Adv. Beena Joseph.
Already, 2,200 people have applied for the bio-bins. The consumers have to pay only Rs 110. The remaining amount will be paid by the Suchitwa Mission and corporation. The process is to deposit bio-waste in buckets (bins) and turn them into fertiliser.
Lack of facility to process bio-waste has been creating problems in the city. Most of the rented houses and quarters do not have any facilities for waste management. Waste is being dumped on the sides of roads and bypasses. There is also stray dog menace.
Earlier, bio-waste was being processed inside a waste processing plant at Vettekode. But as the plant started functioning, the residents started protests and the plant was subsequently shut down. It is expected that the bio-bins will solve the waste management issue.
However, consumers must be given proper training on waste management and producing fertiliser from bio-waste before implementing the scheme. There are concerns that adding water into the bio-waste will reverse the process. There is also the demand that people must be given a clear idea on what to do with the fertiliser.