Garbage collection slumps 17 per cent in Chennai during COVID-19 lockdown

  • | Saturday | 28th March, 2020

Nirupama Viswanathan ByExpress News ServiceCHENNAI: Just a day after the COVID-19 lockdown, the city recorded a 17% decrease in garbage collection, according to Corporation data. On Thursday, the corporation officials collected 3898 metric tons (MT) of garbage as opposed to the fortnightly average of 4700 MT collected in the month of March (March 1-15). CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW CORONAVIRUS LIVE UPDATESUsually, the city's average waste collection hovers around 5100 MT of which 600 MT of wet waste and 280 MT of dry waste is processed. Corporation officials said that the quantum of increased sanitary waste as a separate category, ever since the COVID-19 scare in recent weeks, was not immediately available. Sanitary workers diligently report to dutyWhile the waste generated may have gone down, collection has been going on as usual across all 15 zones in the city with sanitary workers diligently reporting for duty amidst the lockdown.

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