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IN a first for any urban local body (ULB) in the State, Tiruchy Corporation has recognised the ex-tended cooperation of educational institutes, hotels and residents welfare associations (RWAs) for their role in solid waste management (SWM). Certificates of appreciation were handed over on Wednesday to five RWAs, five educational institutes and a couple of hotels for segregating waste before handing it over to the civic body. Ever since the civic body implemented revised SWM param-eters, which included which included segregated waste collection such as collecting plastic and other non-biodegradable waste only on Wednesdays and other waste collected on remaining days, the Corporation has been evaluating institutes and residential complexes on their efforts to help make the city dean and green.

As placing separate bins for collecting biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste at source was monitored through sanitation workers, inspectors and officers, after receiving their feedback, the awarded the certificates "For the first time, we have awarded residents, commercial establishments and institutes to acknowledge their cooperation to keep the city free from plastic waste. Such recognition would certainly encourage the institutes to sustain their constructive habits," Corporation Com-missioner N Ravichandran told Express. Sri Vignesh Arunodaya Apartments Residents Welfare Association in Srirangam, which had installed an incinerator dispose of sanitary napkins, was presented a certificate by the civic body. The incinrator has prevented the frequent dogging of drainage lines. Earlier the napkins were dumped into toilets. Similarly, around five educational institutes, including four higher secondary schools and an arts and science college, were awarded appreciation certificates and mementos for creating awareness among the public about the importance of separating routine waste. "Gandhi Market is one of the troublesome localities for the civic body to promote awareness about segregated waste collection. We conducted several awareness rallies and alerted the residents nearby to dispose of waste separately as biodegradable and non-biodegradable," headmaster S Veeramani of Corporation Higher Secondary School, E B Road, told.
Source: epaper. newindianexpress. com//c/21398195 

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