Food makes up 73% of city’s garbage: BMC WHAT’S IN YOUR WASTE, MUMBAI? 4% 3 Thane cops raid 4 more call cen­tres, seize hard disks

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Badri Chat­ter­jee­ter­jee@hin­dus­tan­ Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­

Three-fourths of the garbage Mumbai gen­er­ated in the past year was made up of the food we waste.

An un­re­leased en­vi­ron­ment report by the civic body for 2015-16 shows 73% of garbage that made its way into dump­ing grounds was food waste. What makes this a hazard? Only 5% of the waste is seg­re­gated, ac­cord­ing to the report — which means the rest of it chokes dump­ing grounds that have been wit­ness­ing re­cur­ring fires. “Three-fourths of the city’s to­tal waste has been de­mar­cated as or­ganic wet waste. When this mixes with other forms of dry waste such as plas­tic, de­bris and cloth, the process of de­com­po­si­tion % takes much longer and as a re­sult, the sup­pressed meth­ane gen­er­ated at dump­ing grounds ig­nites fires,” said a se­nior civic official from the solid waste man­age­ment (SWM) de­part­ment.

Four more call cen­tres in Mira Road were raided on Satur­day, fol­low­ing leads from the em­ploy­ees ar­rested in the tele fraud case busted ear­lier this week.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors prob­ing the scam — in which sev­eral call cen­tres in the area got em­ploy­ees to pose as rev­enue of­fi­cials and bully US loan de­fault­ers into mak­ing pay­ments — found on ques­tion­ing the ar­rested em­ploy­ees that these four cen­tres were us­ing a sim­i­lar op­er­a­tion.

The cen­tres, how­ever, had shut shop af­ter Tues­day’s raid, of­fi­cials said.

(Source: BMC’s un­re­leased En­vi­ron­ment Sta­tus Report 2015-16)

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