Mu­nic­i­pal bod­ies brace to meet chal­lenges in waste seg­re­ga­tion

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - Front Page - Vibha Sharma vibha.sharma@hin­dus­tan­times.com

In a big push to the Cen­tre’s Solid Waste Man­age­ment Rules 2016, the North and East Delhi im­ple­mented garbage ‘seg­re­ga­tion at source’ in 10 neigh­bour­hoods on Mon­day.

This was fol­lowed by aware­ness drives and dis­tri­bu­tion of green and blue bins for keep­ing biodegrad­able and non-biodegrad­able waste on Tues­day.

But the suc­cess of the con­cept re­mains a chal­lenge for the civic agen­cies as a ma­jor­ity of peo­ple ei­ther don’t know about seg­re­ga­tion or were re­luc­tant to try it.

On Tues­day, HT vis­ited some neigh­bour­hoods in north and east Delhi for a re­al­ity check and fig­ured out the hur­dles.

Vivekanand­puri, a gated colony lo­cated near Sarai Ro­hilla, houses 800 fam­i­lies and is among the 10 lo­cal­i­ties se­lected un­der the pi­lot project. Af­ter the an­nounce­ment, the civic agency has in­creased the auto-tip­per trips for col­lect­ing waste and also re­designed the tippers with pro­vi­sion for sep­a­rate com­part­ments for dry and wet waste.

“Apart from that we ar­ranged for camps to ed­u­cate peo­ple in as­so­ci­a­tion with RWAs and dis­trib­uted bins. But only 11 peo­ple turned up at the event. Go­ing by this, it is dif­fi­cult to com­ment about how long we will take to achieve 100% suc­cess,” said a san­i­ta­tion of­fi­cer, North MCD.

Adding to the prob­lem is the lack of sup­port from garbage col­lec­tors. “There are 40-50 pri­vate col­lec­tors en­gaged by the res­i­dents in Vivekanand­puri and un­less they will start col­lect­ing dry and wet waste sep­a­rately, the sit­u­a­tion is not go­ing to change,” said an of­fi­cial from de­part­ment of en­vi­ron­ment blue and green dust­bins are be­ing dis­trib­uted in north Delhi’s Shakti Na­gar, Push­pan­jali (Ro­hini), New Ra­jen­dar Na­gar, Vivekanand Puri, Indira Colony; and Dil­shad Garden East Loni Road and Jhilmil Colony in east Delhi. man­age­ment ser­vices.

How­ever, the NGO and ex­perts work­ing in the field have dif­fer­ent point of view. “The peo­ple are not re­luc­tant, they ei­ther for­get to seg­re­gate or their priorities are dif­fer­ent. It is im­por­tant the agency or­gan­ises more camps and mo­bilises peo­ple. Also, they should not ac­cept the non-seg­re­gated garbage,” said Bharti Chaturvedi, founder of Chin­tan, an NGO.

Ac­cord­ing to her, it is un­der­stood Res­i­dents, RWAs and shop­keep­ers have been asked to throw only biodegrad­able wastes in green bins and re­cy­clable ones in blue bins. MCDs have also re­designed their waste col­lec­tion 'auto tippers' to have blue and green com­part­ments. that the tippers can’t en­ter each and ev­ery lane. “So it is im­por­tant that the civic agency should en­gage and ed­u­cate the rag-pick­ers as well,” she said.

On the other hand, the of­fi­cials be­lieve un­less the civic agen­cies are al­lowed to im­pose penalty on those not seg­re­gat­ing the waste, no one is go­ing to take the con­cept se­ri­ously.

In com­par­i­son to Vivekanand­puri, things looked en­cour­ag­ing at the MCD res­i­den­tial

Set up com­mu­nity com­post bins in your area. You can use the ma­nure for plants

Col­lect your pa­per and card­board trash and sell them. Re-use as much plas­tic and glass as you can

quar­ters at Minto Road. A ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents were keen to adopt the con­cept. “I am go­ing to tell my maid also to sep­a­rate the garbage,” said Su­nita Saini, a res­i­dent .

In east Delhi, dust­bins were dis­trib­uted while the waste seg­re­ga­tion process is ex­pected to start from Wed­nes­day, said an of­fi­cial. But the res­i­dents of Jhimil said that they have not seen any­one dis­tribut­ing the garbage bins in the area.

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