Waste cut by 400 tonnes after composting diktat
Mumbai: With the BMC cracking the whip on bulk generators and housing societies across the city for not treating their waste within their premises, there finally seems to be a meagre reduction in the garbage going to the dumping ground.
Till August, around 7,700 metric tonnes of trash was reaching the three dumping grounds in Mumbai daily, but it has now dropped to approximately 7,311 metric tonnes as on November 13.
The BMC had issued a directive that it would stop collecting wet waste from establishments that generate over 100 kg of waste daily or premises spread over 20,000 sq m. Notices were also issued to bulk generators asking them being initiated against those violating the Occupation Certificate condition for vermicomposting. Notices under the the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act are being issued to such societies. We may lodge an FIR against the violators,” said deputy municipal commissioner (solid waste management) Vijay Balamwar.
Around 2,389 housing societies in Mumbai had received key clearances and Occupation Certificate only after they showed that they had made adequate arrangements for vermi-composting. However, a survey done by the civic body of all these societies found that around 65% of these had violated the norms and used the space earmarked for parking lots or other facilities.