Kerala is opening up a lot of opportunities for entrepreneurs working in the field of solid and liquid waste management. The government has decided to focus on scientific disposal of solid and liquid waste by earmarking projects worth Rs 2343.18 crore.
“The state government is formulating a lot of scientific mechanisms to solve the waste problem by effectively implementing the rules of the Solid Waste Management Act, 2016. A fund of Rs 2343.18 crore has been set aside for various projects and it will be implemented with active support of different stakeholders working in the field of waste management,” said a senior officer of Haritha Keralam Mission.
The officials said the National Green Tribunal has already appreciated the state’s effort in implementing various projects in solid and liquid waste management. As per an official statement from state government, the tribunal lauded Kerala’s efforts to solve the solid and liquid waste problem and its interventions in destroying garbage dumps with an outlay of Rs 15.15 crores.
“A sum of Rs 2343.18 crores has been earmarked for solid/liquid waste management, including Rs 1696.61 crores in urban areas, Rs 646.57 crores in rural areas and Rs 84.628 crore as gap fund. The tribunal approved the steps taken by Kerala for waste management at Laloor, Brahmapuram and Kuripuzha, where old waste has not been treated for a long time.Kerala is actively involved in achieving complete cleanliness by 2026. New models dealing with solid, liquid and building waste will be created in the state,” the statement said.
The effort is to educate the people and take up waste management activities in a popular manner. Extensive work is being carried out to make waste management projects a reality in all municipalities. The government in coordination with local bodies are also into appointing clean city managers in all municipalities and environmental engineers in city corporations.
The state has already devised projects to scientifically dispose chicken waste by converting it into value-added products including protein powder. The state currently has around 40 rendering plants to process bio-degradable and non-degradable waste.