Over 150 tonnes of flo­ral waste col­lected this Ganeshot­sav

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Megha Pol

THANE: More than 150 tonnes of ‘nir­malaya’, which refers to flo­ral or puja waste, was col­lected this year at the var­i­ous im­mer­sion sites across the city. Over 40 tons of com­post will be ob­tained from the waste this year.

The nir­malaya col­lec­tion drive is car­ried out by the Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion and the Sa­martha Bharat Vyaspeth or­gan­i­sa­tion.

This year, the col­lec­tion was car­ried out at 18 im­mer­sion sites.

The prac­tice of re­duc­ing use of ther­mo­col, which was started last year is be­ing con­tin­ues this year as well. How­ever, the amount of plas­tic and non-biodegrad­able waste was 70 tons, which was less com­pared to pre­vi­ous years, the NGO claims.

“The size of the idols has be­come small this year thanks to the in­creas­ing aware­ness. With smaller idols, the plas­tic flow­ers used by the peo­ple have also re­duced. The plas­tic items col­lected this year are less than 80 per­cent as com­pared to last sev­eral years,” said Bhatu Sawant, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Sa­marth Bharat Vyaspeth.

The Sa­marth Bharat Vyaspeth, along with the TMC in­tro­duced the con­cept of com­post­ing flo­ral waste seven years ago dur­ing Ganeshot­sav. The waste was ear­lier dumped into lakes by the peo­ple, which ended up pol­lut­ing the wa­ter. A nir­malaya ‘kalash’ or con­tainer to col­lect flo­ral waste, was placed at all im­mer­sion sites across the city.

“We have col­lected 150 tons of flo­ral waste and 70 tons of non­degrad­able waste. From the 150 tons we can gen­er­ate over 40 tons of com­post at the com­post­ing pit in Ko­pri. The flo­ral waste is sep­a­rated from other waste, trans­ported to the Ko­pri plant, shred­ded and then mixed with bio cul­ture. The com­post is gen­er­ated in 60 days,” Sawant added.


Flo­ral waste col­lected from Upa­van lake.

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