In the aftermath of cyclonic storm Mandous, which wreaked havoc in Chennai over the weekend, the city’s civic corporation, during its clean-up efforts, has collected approximately 644 tonnes of green waste in the last 48 hours. All the green waste is being sent for recycling.
Numerous trees were uprooted due to the strong winds as a result of cyclone Mandous, which made landfall near Chennai on Friday midnight. Sanitation workers of the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) have been clearing the green waste (trees, leaves and branches) over the past 48 hours.
“We are collecting the tree waste fallen during the Mandous cyclone in two processing centres in PDG and KDG. As of now, we have stored it in 857 locations and are taking it to processing centres using GCC vehicles. So far, we have collected 261 metric tonnes. In a couple of days, we’ll clear the accumulated garden waste from the roadside as well,” said Chennai Mayor Priya Rajan to IndiaToday.in
According to the latest report by the civic body, approximately 644 tonnes of green waste was collected as of Saturday, December 11. The majority came from Adyar, where 104 tonnes were collected, while 70 tonnes were cleared in Royapuram. The least amount of green waste collected was in Manali.
Sanitary workers have been deployed to collect the green waste, and now that rain is expected till December 13, the GCC has been trying to clear the roads as fast as possible.
The GCC has further come up with a plan to recycle this green waste at two processing plants: one for North Chennai and one for South Chennai. The collected green waste will be processed at Kodungaiyur for northern Chennai and at Perungudi for the southern zone.
The GCC tweeted, “The wood is crushed & recycled to produce engineered wood products & other products, the green waste is converted into manure.”
More than 100 trucks were deployed to get the green waste to these plants for processing, said an official press release. The quick removal of trees, plants and garbage from the streets has also ensured that there is no water stagnation.