Res­i­dents have to seg­re­gate wet, dry waste from Monday: NMMC

STRICT IM­PLE­MEN­TA­TION Civic body has dis­trib­uted 16,600 bins; work­ers will not col­lect garbage if it is not seg­re­gated

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUM­BAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­

NAVI MUM­BAI: If you don’t seg­re­gate waste from Monday, the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) will refuse to col­lect the garbage.

As per a cir­cu­lar is­sued by the NMMC, it is manda­tory for all hous­ing so­ci­eties, in­dus­tries and ho­tels to sep­a­rate wet (biodegrad­able) and dry (re­cy­clable) waste be­fore hand­ing it over to the mu­nic­i­pal staff, said Tushar Pawar, deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner, solid waste man­age­ment depart­ment.

It was to be im­ple­mented from May 25 but of­fi­cials said it had been ex­tended be­cause many so­ci­eties did not get the cir­cu­lar on time.

“The cir­cu­lar was dis­trib­uted late in some of the nodes, hence we have given some more time to the hous­ing so­ci­eties and other es­tab­lish­ments to or­gan­ise their garbage seg­re­ga­tion process,” said Pawar.

“From next week on­wards, we will strictly im­ple­ment it and refuse to col­lect waste if is not seg­re­gated. We will note down the details of places where it is not seg­re­gated and give res­i­dents a warn­ing,” he added.

The civic body has pro­vided waste bins in two colours: green for wet or biodegrad­able waste and blue for dry waste to fa­cil­i­tate seg­re­ga­tion.

The civic body had dis­trib­uted 16,600 bins from Jan­uary to Fe­bru­ary this year.

Of­fi­cials said only a few hous­ing so­ci­eties have been seg­re­gat­ing dry and wet waste.

“Sep­a­rate fi­bre bins have been kept for wet and dry garbage in blue and green of 120-litre and 240-litre ca­pac­ity out­side so­ci­eties. Metal bins of 1,100-litres have been kept in pub­lic ar­eas to col­lect waste. It has been ob­served that peo­ple still mix the trash and only 10% fol­low the rule,” said Pawar.

Res­i­den­tial so­ci­eties said that the pro­vi­sion of sep­a­rate bins for garbage is a good ini­tia­tive by the NMMC.

“We had a meet­ing with the solid waste depart­ment of­fi­cials last year and have been seg­re­gat­ing dry and waste for many months now. Res­i­dents have been told to sep­a­rate the waste at home it­self,” said Naresh Joshi, 39, res­i­dent of Mo­raj Res­i­dency, San­pada.

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