THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Thiruvananthapuram Corporation will set up two more plastic shredder units at Peroorkada and Palayam as part of its plastic free drive. The shredders will be installed at these two places this month itself, Mayor V K Prasanth said.
The corporation, which has already started the initiative to make the capital city completely plastic free, had collected about ten tonnes of plastic waste from the public during its drive on Saturday. Apart from this, 300 kilogram of unused plastic bags was also collected from shopkeepers.
Prasanth said the plastic waste will be collected every month from the public on a particular day. “A date on which the waste is to be collected will be fixed soon,” he said. “Around 140 tonnes of plastic was collected through a similar drive two months back,” said the Mayor.
The Corporation already has two shredder units at Muttathara, each having a capacity of one tonne. Once the new shredder units come up at Perrorkada and Palayam, it will help a great deal in disposing the plastic waste, he said. Prasanth said the drive is being conducted as part of the ‘Ente Nagaram Sundara Nagaram’ (My City Beautiful City) programme. On Saturday, plastic was collected from seven points - Putharikandam, Kesavadasapuram, near Karamana Bridge, Pipinmoodu Junction, Technopark, Chakkai HI Office and Sreekaryam Market.
The unused carry bags were collected from four retail shopkeepers and they were give Rs 15 per kilogram. Prasanth said this drive which was initiated on Saturday will continue in the coming days and those interested in disposing off their stock can leave it with the Corporation.
He also asked the people to make use of the facility every month and not to throw plastic in the open. He asked the city-zens to be part of the drive to rid the city of plastics.