THIRUVANNATHAPURAM: Haritha Karma Sena will collect waste paper and plastic once a month, medicine strips, toothpaste, toiletry tubes and covers every two months, broken glass every three months, e-waste six months and leather products once a year. Under the auspices of Suchitwa Mission and Haritha Kerala Mission, 689 units of Haritha Karma Sena have been formed in local government bodies for the prompt collection and disposal of waste.
Another move has been the setting up of 153 material collection facilities (MCFs), which store segregated non-biodegradable waste collected from houses by the Sena workers. 75 resource recovery facilities (RRFs), which are units meant for the transfer of materials collected by MCFs for shredding and recycling, also have been set up. Of the 689 local bodies, Sena units have been formed at 634 panchayats and 55 municipalities. The state has 719 Sena units in all, comprising 22,119 members. Karma Sena workers have already started work in 123 local bodies and training has been completed in 1,013 local bodies.
The Sena's thrust will be on supervising the constitution of units at source, based on a waste management survey of houses and other institutions and checking them for efficiency and recommending expert help for repair. Sena workers will inspect units at houses and other buildings every fortnight in the second phase to verify the efficiency of organic processing plants, make available raw materials at composting units, render green protocol services and service public waste management utilities based on user fee. People can get in touch with the Karma Sena workers through the local body.