The Belgaum City Corporation (BCC), which was producing organic fertilisers from the solid waste, now has plans to produce electricity from it.
According to Health Officer Dr Satish Potdar, the city generates about 175 tonnes of garbage everyday and during festivals, it exceeds 200 tonnes. Disposal of so much garbage was quite a challenge, but BCC took it up as a challenge and started looking at innovative ways to dispose it.
After setting up separate plant for disposing medical waste and producing organic fertilizers from solid waste, now the BCC is planning to generate power from it.
To set up the project, it has identified five locations, out of which one will be finalised soon. The Urban Development Board has also given a green signal to the BCC to go ahead with the plan.
It may be recalled here that the BCC had bagged the Green Leaf Award 2011 in the category of ‘Best Garbage Disposal’. The BCC was also the first in the state to launch a bio-medical waste management project in Khasbag.
The BCC has procured 280 closed metal containers of various sizes, 10 twin bin dumper placers and compactors for handling of garbage. It also has two special vehicles for transportation of waste from hotels and meat shops.
The garbage depot for implementation of the solid waste management programmes is located about 14 km away from the city at Turmuri village in 67 acres of land.
Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited has been handed the contract for processing organic waste into organic manure. Now, the BC is all set to implement waste to energy technology including bio-methanisation plants.