Mysuru deploys electric vehicles in “green” touch for waste management

Electric vehicles (EVs) deployed to transport waste, especially e-waste and dry waste, in Mysuru central business district

Electric vehicles (EVs) deployed to transport waste, especially e-waste and dry waste, in Mysuru central business district

Mysuru’s solid waste management has gone “green” as zero-emission vehicles have been deployed to transport waste generated in the city center, ushering in a new approach to cleanliness initiatives that the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) has carried out for the city scaling ‘Swacch image’.

In addition to saving on the cost of fuel, MCC is taking steps to achieve its vision of achieving zero emissions. The civic body says it has saved on overhead costs by using electric dumpsters that have been in operation for a few months.

Mysuru has been ranked the cleanest among medium-sized cities in India, according to the Swachh Survekshan ranking for 2022 which was announced recently. The city is considered a role model when it comes to meeting “Swacch” requirements. MCC, wanting to be different from others, introduced electric vehicles for transporting electronic waste from commercial establishments dealing with electronic components and computers.

Six automatic zero-emission dumpsters transport e-waste and dry waste, which was previously dumped on the side of the road in the central business district (CBD). Each vehicle can transport 700 kg of waste. Each vehicle can travel up to 80 km after 4 hours of charging.

“We have introduced environmentally friendly means of transport for electronic waste. Besides e-waste, they also transport dry waste. The results so far have been encouraging as MCC saves on overhead in addition to minimizing pollution,” said Dr. DG Nagaraj, MCC Health Officer.

The MCC has approximately 280 automatic dumpsters that are used to transport solid waste collected from households and shopping centers in 65 neighborhoods. The city generates nearly 500 tons of solid waste, including 150 tons of dry waste and more than 10 tons of electronic waste.

Waste production has increased with the appearance of new routes beyond the ring road. Waste from these layouts is also collected by the MCC, although technically it does not fall within its boundaries. Even panchayat waste was collected by the MCC.

Drop in plastic waste in Mysuru

Dr Nagaraj said The Hindu that the MCC saw a drop in plastic waste after banning single-use plastic. “Although we don’t have precise data, we have noticed a reduction in plastic waste in factories where waste is separated and then recycled.”

Plastic waste represents 18% of the 450 tons of solid waste produced daily in Mysuru.

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