Tackling waste the Vijayawada way

Wed, 2017-01-11 10:24 -- SCC India Staff


Taking a clue from its counterpart (Chennai Municipal Corporation), the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) will install as many as 200 smart garbage bins (three at each location) to tackle its solid waste menace. The total cost of the project is Rs 18 crore. For this, the Corporation has called for an expression of interest (EOI).

Currently, VMC is generating about 550 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) every day and a total of 333 dumper bins are being used to transport maximum generating quantity, i.e., 350 tonne of MSW from different places of the city to the nearest transfer station.

Superintending Engineer, P Adiseshu told Council that the installation of underground waste management system (smart bins) will reduce time consumption for trucks, fuel cost, traffic flow, and noise and air pollution in Vijayawada city.

To keep the premises in a hygienic manner and to promote the start-up of entrepreneurs for sanitation solutions in Vijayawada city, the Corporation will develop centralised tracking system with sensor technology to eradicate overflow of dumper bin. The system will mainly consist of three deep collection bins, sensors, GPS and an SMS alert system.

Meanwhile, Council's lead partner Owen Corning provides smart bins with provisions for sensors. The Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic (GFRP) materials with incorporation of smart sensors are a potential way to help meet the above needs. These bins bring a provision to incorporate a sensor monitoring system to help support real time monitoring of level of garbage to unload the bins on time.

How does it work?
Adiseshu told Council that each system consists of three different colour coded bins each having a holding capacity of 1.3 tonne. This 10-feet deep bin will be placed about 60 per cent below the ground level with propylene durable bags inside so that the garbage can be emptied easily.

Each bin is fixed with an ultrasonic sensor system, which will work in such a way that after filling of 90 per cent of garbage, the sensor fixed bins will send an alert SMS to the sanitary inspector vehicle depot and the concerned AMOH from controlling unit for lifting the bins. As the bins are also fitted with GPS, they can be identified at the control centre. The specially-designed trucks will be able to lift the propylene bags and empty them.