Mum­bai’s mess: Trash out­put in city dou­bles in past 30 years

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Sne­hal Fer­nan­des sne­hal.fer­nan­des@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A fam­ily per­forms an aarti in front of God­dess Gauri and Gan­pati at Vile Parle.

The amount of trash gen­er­ated by an av­er­age Mum­bai­ite has dou­bled in the past three decades, which ex­plains the pres­sure on the city’s lim­ited waste dis­posal sys­tem.

Ris­ing in­comes and con­sump­tion pat­terns across the city have meant an in­di­vid­ual to­day dis­poses an av­er­age 500g of waste ev­ery day as com­pared to the av­er­age 250g in the 1980s. Of the 24 mu­nic­i­pal wards, those gen­er­at­ing 700g of waste per capita per day has al­most tripled — from 10% in 1981 to 29% in 2015. Sim­i­larly, 25% wards to­day throw 1kg waste per per­son per day as against 16% in 1981.

And with in­creas­ing in­come and dis­posal items on sale, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists said the city’s trash prob­lem will only grow. Re­duc­ing con­sump­tion and seg­re­ga­tion of waste at source, be it in homes or com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments, are im­por­tant as the city is run­ning out of dump­ing grounds.

A large pro­por­tion of this waste comes from the more af­flu­ent parts of south Mum­bai, which makes up 29% of the city’s pop­u­la­tion, but gen­er­ates 40% of the to­tal solid waste that goes to the dump­ing yard. Sub­ur­ban Mum­bai, home to 71% of the pop­u­la­tion, ac­counts for 60% of the solid waste.

PRATHAM GOKHALE/HT

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