Solid Waste Management
  • Department Head

  • D. Sukumar
  • Superintending Engineer, (SWM)
  • Greater Chennai Corporation, Ripon Building,Chennai-600003.
  • 9499956220 / 25619228 / 25619385     seswm@chennaicorporation.gov.in
  • Solid Waste Management Department:

  • Headed by a Superintending Engineer, the department looks after clearance and management of solid waste which is a major responsibility of the Corporation. Every day around 6150 MT of garbage is collected from the city. Night conservancy is also being carried out in all bus route roads and Markets / commercial areas of the city. Door to door collection of garbage is done in all zones.

  • Soid Waste

  • Primary Collection
  • Fully with Manpower
  • Conservancy Operation 6.30 am to 1.30 p.m.
  • Night Conservancy between 9.00 pm to 2.00 a.m.
  • Night Sweeping also done with Mechanical Sweeper in Bus Route Roads / Main roads.
  • Each worker has been assigned with work schedule
Equipments Used
  • Coco Brooms
  • Baskets (Aluminum)
  • Brushes
  • Iron Plate (Penku)
  • Containerised push carts
  • Tricycles with Bins
  • Roto mould wheeled bins
Primary Collection
  • Sweeping, collecting, and storing the waste in the specified bins.
  • Door to door collection of garbage
  • Collecting the Source Separated Waste from the Households by Battery Operated Vehicles and bio degradable waste is being sent to decentralized waste processing facilities and dry waste are sent to incinerators and remaining waste to transfer Stations/dump sites
Secondary Collection: (Transportation)
  • Street collection to disposal site.
  • Transportation to disposal site from transfer station.
  • Collecting the Source Separated Waste from the Households by Tricycles or Light Motor Vehicles and bio degradable waste is being sent to decentralized waste processing facilities and dry waste collected are sent to incinerators  and remaining waste to transfer Stations/dump sites
Transfer Stations
No. of Transfer station available 2
Waste Disposal

At present Garbage generated in Chennai is being dumped at two land fill sites and regarding construction and demolition waste the collection and transportation is being outsourced in seven out of 15 Zones and 495 MT of C&D waste is being processed at the processing centers available at Kodungaiyur and Perungudi landfill sites and the C&D waste collected from the remaining 8 zones by Greater Chennai Corporation is transported to both land fill sites   is being used for covering each layer of garbage in two dump sites.

For remediation of the existing Landfill at KDG tender for bio-mining opened on 11.08.2023 & regarding Perungudi landfill and the biomining is in progress and 100 acres on land has been reclaimed and to have the Integrated waste processing facilities with waste to energy plant as component at Kodungaiyur and Perungudi landfill sites, the Transaction Advisory Consultant have prepared DFR and sent for approval of the competent Authority and simultaneously the RFP documents are under preparation.

Number of Disposal Sites : Two (Kodungaiyur and Perungudi)

Dumping Ground
1- Bridges Across B'canal,
Location Kodungaiyur
Extent Area around 269 acres.
Total number of years in use More than 35 Years
Neighborhood Within 0.5 K.M (are in existence)
Daily Waste disposed 2600 to 2800 M.T
Location Perungudi
Extent Area around 200 acres. (Restricted)
Total number of years in use More than 35 Years
Neighborhood Within 1.0 KM (formed after dumping)
Daily Waste disposed 2400 tons to 2600 MT
  • Best Practices

  • Collection of Solid Waste at Source

    Collection of Municipal Solid Waste at source (Door to door collection) has been implemented in all Zones. About 95% of the households were covered under this programme.

    This has been achieved only on introduction of BOVs which stands as a wonder tool for better collection of MSW at door steps. Now about 5400 Tricycles are in use for reduction of dust bins on road side.

  • Source Collection

    Source segregation is promoted to reduce the waste coming to the Landfill, thereby increasing the life time of the Landfills. The bio-degradable waste (Organic Waste) is being composted in a decentralized manner at ward level by Ordinary compost plants and Bio methanation plants and manure produces used for GCC parks and greeneries besides open sale to public also. Source separated thin plastics are baled in the baling machines available at 5 locations are sent to cement factories as added fuel.

  • Media And Communication

  • Print Media Multilingual pamphlets& Newspapers
    Mass Contact Rallies & Street plays
    Involve Stakeholders NGO's + Welfare Associations
    Electronic Media Awareness and Advertisements through Radio
  • Manpower

  • Permanent workers 4727
    Panchayat/NMR/Consolidated 463
    NULM (SHGs) Temporary 4460

    Ramky & Urbaser (Chennai Municipal Solid Waste Management – Private contractor)

    TOTAL 18845
  • Infrastructures Created

    • Cement concrete roads laid to a length of about 2.225 K.m for the passage of vehicles for disposal of garbage at Kodungaiyur Dumping ground at a cost of Rs.5.25 Crores.
    • Cement concrete roads laid to a length of about 3.25 km at Perungudi dump site at a cost of Rs. 6.0 Crores.
    • Centre Median for a length of 500 m is constructed in Kodungaiyur Dump site.
    • High pressure fire pump with nozzle – 1 no and one number of sump with capacity of 2 lakhs litres are provided at Kodungaiyur and Perungudi landfill sites.
    • High mast lights 7 nos are installed in Kodungaiyur Dump site.
    • Weigh bridge – 1 no constructed at a cost of Rs. 38.00 Lakhs at Kodungaiyur Dump site.
    • Constructed Weigh Bridge – 3 nos at a cost of Rs. 60.66 Lakhs at Perungudi dump site.
    • Watch Tower – 7 nos were installed at Kodungaiyur Dump site.
    • Construction of Compound Wall (4.5 km) at Kodungaiyur dumping ground has been completed at a cost of Rs.4.00 Crores.
    • Surveillance cameras fixed at Koundugaiyur - 10 nos and at Perungudi - 12 Nos for monitoring the activities from the Headquarters.
    • Provided 49 nos of street lights at a cost of Rs. 30.25 Lakhs at Perungudi Dump site.
    • All open garbage collection Lorries were replaced by compactor vehicles for the transportation of garbage in a covered manner at the same time reducing the garbage in its volume by compacting them at a cost of Rs.42.00 crores.
    • Five Waste to Energy plants using BARC technology are being operated with the total feeding capacity of 8.80 MT of bio-degradable waste. Electrical energy generated is used for street lights and high mast lights.
    • Further construction of two waste to Energy plant at Perambur slaughter house is under progress.
Decentralized compost plants
No. of Plants Type of Plant Designed Capacity in MT/day
Ordinary Compost 196 142.37
Bio-Gas 23 8.94
Bio – Electrical (BARC Technology) 5 11.50
New Proposals
  • Remediation / Reclamation & Rehabilitation of the dump site at Kodungaiyur for Zones 1 to 8.
  • Waste to energy processing plant in MRF the nearby site at Kodungaiyur for Zones 1 to 8.
  • MRF, Bio CNG plant, windrow compost center at manali.
  • MRF, Bio CNG Plant, Windrow compost center at PDG
  • The above proposals are under various stages of approval for implementation.