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Solid-waste management project launched in Vallarpadam

Staff Reporter


Other projects being taken up include tapping solar energy and

planting saplings.


KOCHI: The operator of the International Container Transshipment Terminal, DP World, has launched a solid-waste management and a greening programme on the vast undeveloped area contiguous to the terminal.

It is part of a comprehensive plan by the company to improve the environment around its operations on the Vallarpadam Island.

A green belt area along its 1.5-km boundary wall had already been formed and more saplings were planted by heads of various departments last World Environment Day.

A statement from the company said that DP World did not want to add to the city's waste woes and decided to make its own arrangements for solid-waste management.

DP World has tied up with Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Association of India (CREDAI) and ITC Plan@Earth for segregation, collection, treatment and disposal of waste.

Non-hazardous waste will be classified as biodegradable, glass, paper, metal and e-waste, and will be recycled. Biodegradable waste from the canteen will be converted into bio-fertilizer using aerobic decomposition bins.

The facility can handle up to 40 kg of waste daily.

DP World has installed a facility to tap solar energy for heating water used in the canteen. The water will be pre-heated to 70 degrees by tapping solar energy.

Savings in conventional energy will be around 60 per cent because of the solar energy installation.

Fans powered by solar photovoltaic cells are being installed in rubber-tyred gantry cranes. The cranes will be switched off when idle to reduce carbon emissions.

DP World distributed tree saplings this year. The condition of the saplings distributed last year under the ‘Ente Maram' programme was evaluated through students of the St. Mary's High School, Vallarpadam.

A bio-gas plant was donated to the school for managing the food waste and using the gas for cooking.

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