Indoreans have rejoiced three times in a row for being touted as India’s cleanest city! Now 72 countries are in line to study and replicate Indore’s Waste to Energy model.

According to reports, Indore in on the topmost amongst 72 nations, Asian and African, which are now set to follow! Imagine this scenario: around 35-tonne wet waste is treated on a daily basis and more than 13,000 bio CNG is produced daily as well! In addition to this, the same bio CNG helps to run the city buses.

For Indore, cleanliness, waste management and energy savings are always on priority! As per a TOI report, when it comes to Swachhta, Indore leads the way forward while 72 nations, Asian and African, are now set to follow! Imagine this scenario: around 35-tonne wet waste is treated on a daily basis and more than 13,000 bio CNG is produced daily as well! Also, the same bio CNG helps to run the city buses. This is not just any other situation, welcome to the reality of how Indore tackles waste management through two of its biomethanation model!

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Recently, at a conference in Tokyo of International Forum for Sustainable Development Asia and Pacific, a resolution has been passed accordingly. Arsad Warsi, representing Indore’s Municipal Corporation as its waste consultant, presented technical insights regarding how Indore’s plants have excelled in wet waste management.

Based on the key insights shared and in accordance with the resolution, the 72 countries are thereby gearing up to study and replicate Indore’s model, with specific parameters being laid out in terms of country-specific implementation.

The resolution which pertains to Indore’s biomethanation model has been identified as the most sustainable and cost-effective, zero-waste management model to tackle wet waste. Besides, the daily operations and implementation of the same has been found to be totally fool-proof, marking yet another benchmark quality.

Remember, Indore had earlier earned itself the title of being India’s cleanest city for three consecutive years! From eliminating legacy waste that included tackling old landfills to introducing various initiatives such as creating awareness among its people about the dangers of generating unmanageable waste, introducing door to door waste collection, Indore became the first city in the country to apply for a seven-star rating.

Another simple example of how Indore takes cleanliness and waste disposal seriously is how all plastic items have been banned in all major government offices. You may wonder how practical this can be! Again, Indore shows the way forward: copper glass tumblers replaced plastic cups and metal or glass plates replaced the plastic ones! Whatever it takes to maintain hygiene standards, workers are sensitized so that these basic standards are met.

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How is Indore Managing this?

Waste Generation & Segregation: The waste generated in Indore is in a segregated form. The waste generators have been classified as domestic, semi bulk and bulk generators. Domestic generators are the ones who generate less than 25 kg of waste per day. Generators that generate 25-100 kg of waste per day have been classified as semi bulk generators. The generators generating more than 50 kg of waste have been classified as bulk generators.

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The waste is generated in segregated form as wet waste, dry waste and domestic hazardous waste by the domestic generators. The waste is segregated in the form of wet and dry waste.

Waste Collection & Transportation: The waste is collected in segregated form by partitioned tippers from domestic generators. These tippers have been partitioned in the ratio of 50:50, 60:40 or 85: 15. Both wet and dry waste is collected by these vehicles in separate chambers. A predefined route has been assigned as per their deployment plan and the tippers take that route. The tippers on completing their collection routes, move to their designated GTS and offload their waste in the designated compactor. The compactor compresses the waste and it is transported to the central processing plant.

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The waste from the bulk generators is collected through the bulk collection system wherein two vehicles are deployed to collect wet waste and dry waste separately. The bulk generators are further divided into two categories as per the quantity of waste generated. The first category consists of generators that generate25 to 100 kg of waste. From these generators, both wet and dry waste is collected in segregated form by dumpers and compactors that move in pairs collecting waste along their route. In the second category, the generators generating more than 100kg waste have been placed. Only dry waste is collected from these generators as they treat the wet waste generated by them onsite.

Weighbridge: The weighbridge facility is the first point of interaction for all vehicles incoming to the plant to offload their waste. It is a computerized facility. All the incoming vehicles are waste upon entering the plant and after they have offloaded the waste to determine the waste that has been brought by them. A receipt is then generated and recorded at the facility. This receipt depicts the quantity of waste transported, type of waste, registration number of the vehicle, source transfer station and the in-out time of the vehicle.

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Waste Processing: The dry waste from both, the bulk collection vehicles and transfer stations is offloaded at the MRF centers. There they are further segregated and processed. They are processed at the central composting plant at the site. The wet waste of the bulk generators is processed on-site by the respective generators.

The domestic hazardous waste is treated in a separate facility wherein it is transferred straight from the transfer station in biomedical vans.

Also, Read how Indore Cleaned 13 Lakh Metric Tonne Garbage n just 6 months here

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