With more than 42 tonnes of waste, predominantly plastic waste, being collected from across the city and 25.8 tonnes of garbage collected from beaches following Kaanum Pongal, the conversation in the city has again shifted to the implementation of waste segregation.
Hande recommends an assessment of the waste types generated from public spaces. “The kinds of waste obtained from various public spaces differs. Once this assessment is done, the government can set about to provide the appropriate infrastructure,” he said. However, Hande points out that there is a lack of available infrastructure in public spaces which furthers the problem.
According to Bala Subramaniam, a member of the Thiruveedhi Amman Koil Street Resident’s Association, the recent establishment of a materials recovery facility at RK Nagar OSR Park was well-received by the community. “Many complained that they did not have access to segregation bins. But once this was established, people began changing their habits. This change is essential for the public to be roped into the segregation,” he said.
However, effective implementation must have a multi-industry backing, said Hande. “The government, along with business stakeholders, could set up appropriate infrastructure. Implementation of a spot fine system might also be effective,” he said.