NMMC’s garbage segregation move gets good response
The wet (biodegradable) and dry (recyclable) garbage segregation initiative, started by the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) from May 30, has got a good response.
Residents have already started implementing it strictly. Around 80 per cent of the societies across civic body jurisdiction are following the rule,” said Tushar Pawar, deputy municipal commissioner, solid waste management department.
The city generates around 650 metric tonnes of garbage daily under the municipal corporation’s jurisdiction. Segregation of wet and dry garbage was initiated at the beginning of the year itself when the civic body distributed 16,000 garbage bins across the societies and 600 community bins in the NMMC area.
While the society have 120litre and 240-litre capacity bins, the community bins are of 1,100 litres.
As per the official records from the solid waste management department, before the segregation of wet was strictly implemented from May 30 onwards, of the total 650 metric tonnes of garbage collected, the segregated wet waste was around 55 metric tonnes while the segregated dry waste was around 1.1 metric tonnes.
Three days after the compulsory segregation process began, the total amount of segregated wet waste went up to 131 metric tonnes while the segregated dry waste was 27 metric tonnes.
“At few places, where we found it is still not being followed properly, we have given strict orders to follow it and from the next day they have started following it,” said Pawar.
The NMMC has been taking active measures to create awareness on the segregation through posters and banners put at society premises and at all public places as well.
Officials said the amount of segregated wet waste has gone upto 217 metric tonnes while the dry waste has gone up to 47 metric tonnes.
Explaining what goes in the wet and dry waste the official said, “All biodegradable waste is categorised as wet waste. And all non-biodegradable waste which can be recycled is dry waste,” said Pawar.
“In certain wards, we had already made provisions for people to give dry and wet waste separately and the collection is also done separately. We have now been implementing the same process across the city,” he added.