Adhering to the ODF Plus parameters stipulated in the guidelines issued by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), all villages in Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh which have declared themselves as ODF Plus have in place systems for managing solid and liquid waste that have led to visual cleanliness of villages. They are also sustaining their ODF status.
As per the guidelines issued by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti, an ODF Plus village is one that is visually clean, maintains it ODF status and has arrangements for solid and liquid waste management.
A recent visit to the villages of Talwaipadu, Kadaluru, Menakuru, Gowtam Nagar, Mannamgidinne, Kammavaripalem, Chellayapalem and Pulikallu revealed that 100% of the households had functional toilets. Green Ambassadors ensure that village paths and public spaces are visually clean in most places. Further, there is a segregation shed in every village where vermi-compost is produced using wet waste while the dry waste is recycled or sent to the processing plants. Some of the villages even had dust removers and a few had just procured a shredder. Waste is collected with the help of a rickshaw or motorised vehicle such as auto or tempo.
As far as liquid waste is concerned, all the villages had individual as well community soak pits while a few had a drainage system. IEC posters and wall paintings were seen in all public spaces, promoting safe sanitation practices and the importance of SLWM.
Many villages have one volunteer per 50 households and around 8-10 swachhagrahis and 2-3 green ambassadors per village who take care of waste collection, segregation and sweeping. Also, all institutions have adequate wash facilities while public toilets are under construction in GP offices.
Notably, the segregation shed area is used for plantation of vegetables and fruits which are used for mid-day meals in schools. Selling of compost and produce is undoubtedly benefiting the villages.