Solid Waste Management

Solid Waste Management

The Solid waste management in the town is entrusted with the Sanitary Inspectors and a team of Sanitary Workers. The aim of the Municipality is 100% collection of garbage generated in the town daily.

The entire town is divided into five sanitary divisions. 190 Sanitary workers supervised by 5 Sanitary Supervisors and 2 Sanitary Inspectors are entrusted in collection , transportation and Disposal of Solid Wastes.

Waste collection is mainly done by pushcarts. Garbage is collected house to house. Public are requested to segregate the waste into bio degradable and non-degradable wastes. But public co-operation is not upto the expected level. So segregation is done at transfer stations also. The waste collected is transported in lorries. Garbage in lorries is covered with Nylon net to avoid spilling of waste on roads. The transported waste is dumped in the compost yard which is located 3 away from the city. Steps have been taken to create a sanitary land fill site. The segregated plastic wastes are stored separately and issued to rag pickers free of cost for recycle/reuse . Around 30 – 35 M.T. of Solid Waste is removed every day.


Privatisation of sanitation work in 10 Wards carried out.

Functions / Services

  • Daily street cleaning and transportation of waste
  • Night sweeping in Bus stands and market places
  • Disposal of waste collected through various methods
  • Removal of debris and construction wastes
  • Special conservancy arrangements during festivals and other important occasions attracting large number of people
  • Bulk clearance of wastes in special premises like Kalyanamantapams, Hotels etc.,
  • Maintenance and cleaning of public toilets, urinals on a daily basis
  • Removal of dead animals
  • Fee collection

Response Time for Redressal Of Grievance
Waste Management

Sl. No. Details Time Schedule
1 Cleaning of Streets and Road Monday to Saturday from 6.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. from 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. at all places (subject to change in respective Municipality)
2 Market and Bus-stand places From 9.00 p.m. to next day 4.00 a.m.
3 Collection and removal of Garbage Daily
4 Cleaning of public toilets, urinals Daily
5 Complaints regarding non-removal of garbage’s 24 Hours
6 Removal of dead animals 24 Hours
7 Complaints regarding non-sweeping of roads 24 Hours
8 Complaints regarding removal of debris 3 days from intimation
9 Complaints regarding removal of blockages in Public Toilets 24 Hours

Needed Cooperation from Citizens

  • Do not throw wastes into open drains or streets
  • Clean your premises and deposit wastes in the designated points before street clearance by conservancy staff
  • Segregate house hold wastes as per guidelines
  • Report non-clearance of garbage / debris to the designated authorities
  • Keep your premises clean. Remove bushes and shrubs then and there. Prune trees abutting main streets and avoid obstruction to traffic and people’s movement
  • Use public toilets / urinals properly. Avoid nuisance in open spaces / road margins
  • Pay administrative charges and fees promptly



Whom to Contact for Service Deficiency

Details Designation and timings
  • Initial complaint
  • Second contact
  • Third contact

(If the deficiency persists)

Sanitary Inspector               Municipal Health Officer Commissioner


Sl.No. Storage Type Container Size Made of Quantity
1. Dumper Placer Bin Rectangular Iron 15
2. Open Dumps     20


I 2.56 MT 2.56 MT      
II 2.00 MT 2.00 MT      
III 2.00 MT 2.00 MT      
IV 2.25 MT 2.25 MT      
V 2.35 MT 2.15 MT      
DUMPER PLACER      (All wards) 4.5 MT 4.5 MT 4.5 MT 4.5 MT 4.5 MT

Table showing composition of solid waste for a conceptual design.

Sl.No. Storing Stage Recyclable Waste Bio-degradable Waste Combustible Waste IC & D Material
1 Source segregation 10% 90%    
2 Including Central Sorting 15% 60% 15% 10%
3 Including sorting at Final Processing 17.50% 54% 13.50% 15%

Table showing proportion of various materials in Municipal Solid Waste and on actual study conducted by NEERI with various population groups

Sl.No. Population Range (in Millions) Recyclable Waste Composed Waste Inert Materials
1 0.1 to 0.5 4.58 44.57 43.59
2 0.5 to 1.0 4.35 48.04 48.38
3 1.0 to 2.0 6.37 38.95 44.73
4 2.0 to 5.0 6.73 36.67 49.07
5 More than 5 8.48 30.84 53.90

Proportion of various types of material in Municipal Solid Waste as per National Per Capital Income as reported in the manual is

  • Re-cyclable Waste : 5 to 34%
  • Bio-Degradable Waste : 40 to 62%
  • Inert Materials : 20 to 50%


With this information, the possible and reasonable proportion of different constituents in municipal solid waste for the Virudhunagar Municipality, for the purpose of designing various facilities for collection storage and transportation, are suggested as indicated in Table.

Table showing proportion of different kinds of Solid Waste to the total waste generated

Sl.No. Name of Town BDW RCW IC & DW Hospital Waste
1 Virudhunagar 60% 14% 25.87% 0.13%