Authorities in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province have agreed to burn domestic waste of Con Dao District instead of shipping it from the island to a landfill on the mainland. Con Dao Island runs out of landfill, ships trash to mainland Islands in Vietnam struggle to deal with ‘mountains’ of waste About 70,000 tonnes of garbage remain untreated on Con Dao Island. — VNA/VNS Photo Huynh Son Last month, the provincial authorities approved compressing waste into packs and shipping them to a landfill in Toc Tien Commune, Phu My Town for treatment. However, they said at a meeting last week that packaging, shipping and landfilling trash is costly and not effective. According to local authorities, it costs nearly VND61 billion (US$2.6 million) to compress waste, ship it from the island to the mainland and bury it. The province, instead, has turned to burning trash on the island. The trash burning method will need an area of about 2,000sq.m. While a waste incineration … [Read more...] about Con Dao stops shipping waste to mainland
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An assessment by the State Level Monitoring Committee (SLMC) on Solid Waste and the State Pollution Control Board has revealed that non-biodegradable waste continues to be dumped over heaps of legacy waste (old waste) at the Brahmapuram dump site of the Kochi Corporation in violation of the prescribed guidelines. The findings emerged following site inspections and based on inferences gathered from data on the quantity of mixed waste brought to the site and transferred from there to agencies outside for recycling. The figures were taken and analysed for the months of May, June and July this year. According to official records submitted by the corporation, only 37.53 metric tonnes of the 3,889.18 metric tonnes of mixed waste were removed from the dump site in May for recycling, while the remaining 3,850.30 metric tonnes were deposited over the heaps of legacy waste that has remained at Brahmapuram for long. The scenario in June was worse as only 17.56 metric tonnes of the 3,827.8 metric … [Read more...] about Legacy waste piling up at Brahmapuram
With the annual season at Sabarimala kicking off to a formal start on Saturday, pilgrims have begun to overwhelm the streets of Erumely - the key base station of the hill shrine.Elaborate arrangements have been made to accommodate the huge number of devotees descending on the town. All government Departments, which will operate from the town on a temporary basis during the season, have been allotted space for operation and parking grounds have been set up to accommodate the huge number of vehicles reaching there. A special squad has been formed to ensure strict adherence to the green protocol norms.High-mast lightThe high-mast light at Pettakkavala has been restored while temporary lights have been erected along the streets to provide mass illumination. The huge mounds of sand at the bathing ghats of the Erumely Thodu, where the pilgrims take a holy dip, have been removed and lifeguards deployed.“We have ensured adequate stock of water in the two check-dams on the upstream while … [Read more...] about Erumely throbs with pilgrims
Despite Yadavagiri Industrial Estate being part of Mysuru city, tonnes of waste generated in industries and households in and around the KSSIDC-developed estate remain unhandled, turning the place into an ugly spot in ‘Swachch Mysuru’, besides posing a public health scare.There is no mechanism to lift solid and industrial wastes generated in the estate bordering Bannimantap as the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC), which handles the solid wastes daily in 65 wards, maintained that the estate was not part of its control. However, a senior industry representative here claimed that the Yadavagiri estate was handed over to the MCC long ago and the industrial units had been paying tax to it.The vacant and isolated spots along the railway track, a few metres from the Mysuru New Goods Shed Terminal (MNGT) on the city outskirts, were being used to dump trash. The solid wastes were also set on fire, leaving the vicinity in smoke. The foul stench from rotting trash could be smelt from a … [Read more...] about Yadavagiri industrial estate turning into a dumping yard
This is an Inside Science story. (Inside Science) -- Big, black wasplike things living in your toilet may sound more like a horror scene than a sanitation solution. That's certainly what people in rural Louisiana thought in the summer of 1930, when black soldier flies infested a set of newly installed privies. "[C]onsiderable consternation often resulted when a person lifted a privy lid and was greeted by a swarm of insects resembling wasps, or when upon leaving the privy he experienced a strange creeping and buzzing sensation due to flies being confined within his garments,” wrote researchers in an account published in 1930 in the Journal of Economic Entomology. To make matters worse, hungry local chickens tore down the privies' foundations in search of larvae pupating in the surrounding dirt. Now, nearly a century later, black soldier flies are being hailed as potential allies in the effort to clean up human feces. They are part of a move toward dry or composting … [Read more...] about Could this be the future of toilets?