NMMC’s garbage seg­re­ga­tion move gets good re­sponse

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

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.

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