The Kodungaiyur landfill will be biomined in the next couple of years to clean it up.
What’s it about? The Corporation has asked for the state’s permission to biomine the landfill where 65 lakh tonnes of waste are spread across 250 acres. It’s estimated to cost ₹640 crores and will be done with the help of a committee that includes professors from Anna University.
- The university will supervise and certify activities done by the contractor. One of the challenges will be the disposal of recovered waste like plastic and textiles.
- Residents have been fighting for its removal for decades since they’ve been affected by air and water pollution. The Corporation is looking to process fresh waste through bio-CNG plants where wet waste is processed at Madhavaram.
Who said what? Kurian Joseph from Anna university said fresh waste needs to be stopped from entering landfills. He said there needs to be an integrated facility of biomethanation, composting, and waste-to-energy plants that work together.