Chennai to be the first city to trade in reusable and recycled products under the Smart City Mission


The Greater Chennai Corporation on Friday launched a new website that facilitates waste-trading named Over here the residents can buy and sell a variety of reusable and recycled products made from dry and wet waste such as school bags, slippers,vermicompost, manure, coconut powder, lemon dishwash etc.

The website is being implemented under Smart City Mission and for now they are only trading dry and wet waste. If the civic body gets a good response from the residents then they will also introduce exchanging of e-waste.

All the products are priced suitably and is available in 210 Resource Recovery Points (RRPs) across the city. Residents can visit the website and sign up for free.

If they are sellers, they can drop the products in the RRPs in their area, and, if they are buyers, they can choose from the available products in the RRP and purchase it on the website using credit/debit card.

The city currently generates 5,220 metric tonnes of waste daily. Out of this, 2610 MT is wet-waste which is being recycled by the corporation in various composting methods.

Earlier, the civic body used to give compost to local residents in each zone for Rs 10 per kg. ‘‘This exchange platform online may have a wider reach now with more people buying and selling. This will promote the zero-waste policy which is to reduce waste going to landfill,’’ said a corporation official.

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