2022

A seminar on sound waste management practices was held for officers of the Army Station Headquarters – Wellington and the Madras Regimental Centre.

The Managing Trustee felicitated as Woman of the Year by the Inner Wheel Club of Ketti Valley – a honour richly deserved – makes Clean Coonoor proud!

The most commonly overlooked malady in women, but which if diagnosed early is totally curable, is cancer of the breast, the leading type of caner in women worldwide. To improve the level of understanding among our women workforce on the early signs and symptoms, a sensitisation programme was held by Earth Trust Nilgiris.

A big thanks to all who have stood by us through these three years in our major venture.

Observing a holiday which not only venerates physical implements but also underscores the significance of knowledge and expertise. It serves as a reminder that every occupation demands dedication, skill, and divine blessings for prosperity.

When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. 

Paulo Coelho

Sprucing up ahead of Pooja Celebrations! The festival that fosters a sense of community as individuals come together to partake in collective rituals.

Taking into consideration the wet climatic conditions of this region, a solar drying shed sponsored by Star Chemicals (Bombay) Pet. Ltd. was added to the composting unit. This additional infrastructure will be of great use in reducing the maturing period of the compost.

On the occasion of the 75th year of Independence and a first for the waste management park, Clean Coonoor management and staff celebrated and distributed sweets. The national flag was hoisted by Mrs Kalpana Kar, trustee of Microland Foundation, a primary donor of Clean Coonoor. A pay hike was announced to the staff. Mr Pradeep Kar, Managing Director of Microland was also present.

“What I hear, I forget. What I see, I remember. What I do, I understand.” 

Xunzi

Students of MSc Environmental Science, PSG College, Coimbatore, on a field visit.

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, WHO, who we may hope to interest in sanitation issues. She was earlier involved in TB research at the Tuberculosis Research Centre – Chetpet, Chennai, as a researcher, and later as its director, and happens to be the teacher of one of our trustees.

A big thank you to all those who made this possible! We are honoured to have received this accolade from the Chief Minister on the eve of World Environment Day.

The upgraded upgraded composting facility was formally inaugurated by Ms. Supriya Sahu IAS., Additional Chief Secretary of Environment, Climate Change, and Forests. The District Collector Mr. S. P. Amrith and principal funders, Mrs. Kalpana Kar, Trustee, Microland Foundation – Bangalore, and Mrs. Rajashree Prasad, Vice President, Gandipet Welfare Society – Hyderabad also graced the occasion, along with many others.

When our little patch won us the first place at the 124th Flower Show annual awards ceremony.

It had earlier been decided to upgrade the existing wet waste composting unit from its present 4 tonnes per day capacity, to one which can handle 8 tonnes and at a pinch somewhere around 12 tonnes.

The project which is chiefly funded by Microland Foundation is expected to become functional by the end of this month.

A two day mapping of invasive plant species was organised by the Nilgiri Natural History Society (NNHS), Keystone Foundation & Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE). Clean Coonoor joined hands in this vital task which is being conducted with future corrective measures in mind. Others included representatives from the forest department, college students, volunteers, and scientists . The south eastern slopes were chiefly covered in this preliminary of what would be an ongoing exercise.

A Manned Kiosk for dropping garbage, a first of its kind in the district, was set up at the Municipal Bus Stand. It is hoped that it will serve as a bridge to cover areas where doorstep waste collection is not fully in place. The organisation hopes to set up a few more to cover the block spots within the municipal limits.

Promotion of reusable cloth bags at the annual fete conducted by the Wellington Gymkhana Club. A big thank you to Dr. Kumaran Appusamy of Appusamy Hospitals, Salem, for his generous contribution of such bags.

The CEO of FINISH Mondial, an organisation that envisions a world in which people have access to safely managed sanitation and are financially included, on a visit to the facility, to study safe management of a different kind of human waste.

In view of the recent increase in deaths among wild animals as a result of ingestion of plastics, particularly in wooded areas bordering human habitations, Clean Coonoor along with the forest department cleaned up a small stretch of wooded area, with the twin purposes of creating awareness and future planning. The region which is a paradise for tipplers yielded 1.5 tonnes of waste of which nearly half the tonnage was broken liquor bottles.

 1 Dec 2021 saw the inception of a compost yard at the Waste Management Park at Ottupattarai, which takes in the more difficult forms of compostable organic wastes. The unit deals with material that are usually considered as troublesome and difficult to compost, such as poultry and fish wastes, fibrous wastes like banana leaves and stems, tender coconut husks and such.

The facility using local based solutions, has now come up with its first batch of finished compost weighing some 10 tonnes, in a short period of just 35 days.

On this day which is dedicated to the Sun god, the forces of nature, and the farm animals and people who support agriculture, Clean Coonoor hopes that this initiative will be sustainable in the long run, and will not only be a boost to waste management, but will as well provide a much needed impetus to organic farming by providing a continuous and uninterrupted supply of affordable organic fertiliser.

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Our Solid Waste Management Activities have safely disposed 12,000 metric tons of Municipal Solid Waste, a savings of 5900 tons of CO2 emissions equivalent as of April 2024

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