Chennai Solid Waste Management –Accolade Chennai Corporation

A View of Chennai Streets

There are some problems that affect the rich. There are some which affect the poor. But if there is one problem that resonates across both the super rich and the really poor households it is this “Oh that Kuppa Karan , where is he!”  (the Corporation garbage cleaner, where is he?!).  You may be awed by the number of people who complain about the street garbage bin overflowing with local solid waste materials. Even more awe is by the fact that the some do not stand it’s sight, but yet for the need of disposing their own waste, throw the bag with the speed, power and zero accuracy towards these street bins, only to land up deluge the ground with even more waste. But before, we go on to the odds and peril of the streets being unclean because of that overflowing Corporation Garbage bin, here are the facts that we from spirit of Chennai team would like you to take a look.

Amount of Municipal Garbage in Chennai

Chennai Corporation annually clears approximately 60,000 metric tonnes of solid waste from 15 zones of Chennai. That would mean 60,000,000 kilogram (weight to volume conversion) of garbage being cleared from out from Chennai, each and every year.  That would mean 5,000,000 kilogram of garbage cleared every month… This is roughly 5000 Metric Tonnes a day!

Type of Municipal Garbage in Chennai

According to official public number, following are the variety of waste material cleared from the city, tirelessly by Corporation workers.

The Physical Composition of Municipal Solid Waste in Chennai

Garbage Clearing Process in Chennai

Chennai Corporation Team works totally tirelessly and kind of throughout the daylight hours to clear the city waste – all only with Human Resources. Providing livelihood for many many poor citizens, who could have other become homeless, now live with dignity with the job at Chennai Corporation. Their missionaries of Chennai Corporation are not “Kuppa Karan” but “Suttam Seivor”, so please treat them with the dignity and respect. Your street are clean, because, they work! The employees are deployed on compactors and tricycles from 6.30 p.m to 1.30 p.m. Chennai Corporation team works in conservancy operations between 6.30 a.m to 10.30 a.m and 2.30 p.m to 5.00 p.m. There is also a night conservancy operation that works between 9.00 p.m to 2.00 a.m. All workers are assigned to one of these three operations and are at task to clear 68% residential waste, 16% Commercial Waste, 14% waste from Marriage Halls, Schools and other Institutions and 2% Industrial waste. All waste cleared by Greater Chennai Corporation workers are inventoried in a transfer station for further processing by a private firm (at the moment is Ramky Enviro Engineers) and then the final disposal into the city dump yard.

Garbage Cleared from Various Zones in Chennai

Following map will illustrate the amount of garbage cleared from your zone for the year 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. Click on your location in the map, to get the actual numbers in Metric Tonnes. Also the Search functionality, works only is certain configuration of Chrome! Hence, we would recommend to you go ahead and click on the map, than to use the search functionality.

Chennai Solid Waste Data for the Year: 2015-2016

Chennai Solid Waste Data for the Year: 2016-2017

Dumpyards of Chennai

The final destinations of the city solid waste are the two dumping grounds – The Kodungaiyur and the Perungudi grounds. The Kodungaiyur site, operational for close to 30 years now, is about 200 acres and handles about 2100 to 2300 Metric Tonnes of city debris each day. The Perungudi Ground operation for about 25 years is also about 200 acres and handles close to 2200 tonnes to 2400 metric tones of city debris each day. This does not include the construction debris that is generated daily in the city.

Now, do you see that there is a entire machinery that operates to clean that waste that is lying in your street bin? It more than complicated!!! It is our request for you to see this article through its numbers and data! Imagine that enormous amount garbage that the person often discounted as “kuppa karan” is clearing, each and every day. If not salute, treat them with the respect and dignity Chennai Corporation Officials deserve!  From the Spirit of Chennai team, we salute the efforts of Chennai Corporation solid waste management team in keeping our city clean.

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