According to reports, the first biodegradable waste processing plant using organic waste converter technology in the state was set up by the Thrissur Corporation as part of its ‘Decentralised waste management’ project, at the Sakthan Thampuran market in May 2013.
The city corporation set up the organic waste converter at the Sakthan market,the place that produces a major share of the waste in the corporation limit. The waste converter, set up at a cost of `98 lakh on 30 cents of land, will collect 4 tonnes of waste a day and a total of 40 tonnes of waste in 10 days from the city and would convert into manure on 11th day.
The state government had earlier sent delegation from three corporations in the state to north India to find a solution to treat the accumulating waste in the city. Following this, Mayor I P Paul and Health standing committee chairman C S Sreenivasan visited the waste processing plants at Pune and New Delhi. The team impressed by the technology used at the waste treatment plant in Pune took technical assistance from the Pune plant, to start a plant here.
The plant produces manure from the waste without smell which is being sold to public in packets weighing 2 kg at a marginal rate. The newly commissioned plant also process the vegetable waste generated from the market. There have already been two biogas plants operating at the fish and meat markets.