Dumpsites are a menace in every city in the world. Be it in the middle of the city or in a remote location in the outskirts, dump sites are one of the biggest health and ecological hazards human kind is facing everywhere. The toxic leach and the resources wasted are heavily impacting even the existence of life. Dumpsite clearance is conventionally done by removing the waste from the existing locations to another remote location, away from our sight. This is a false sense of relief as ecosystem damage is not limited to a specific area but of global impact.
Thiruvananthapuram District is in the process of showing the way to the world, how to execute a perfect dump site clearance. The trial for the same was conducted and the SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures) established in 2015 when the National Games was conducted in Kerala. In the name of “Ammu (mascot of National games) and Kathu (mascot of Suchitwa Mission) cleans venues” we derived a scheme in which dumpsites were identified with the help of residence associations, created a volunteer group, generated material resources and launched the absolute dump site clearance program in which:
The wastes were segregated into biodegradable (BD) and non biodegradable (NBD) waste.
BD waste (will definitely contain small bits of NBD waste) will be filled into grow bags and inoculated with microbes and left for 15 days. Ornamental plants (due to the presence of small bits of NBD waste, food crops cannot be introduced) were planted into this grow bags converting the dumpsite to garden.
The BD waste was given to Thiruvananthapuram Corporation for further forward linkage. The scheme was well received by the citizens and a number of dumpsites were turned into gardens.