Plastic waste piling up, choking city
TACKLING A MENACE Close to half of the plastic waste collected in city is non-recyclable; lack of awareness among public leading to unabated use
NAVI MUMBAI: A string of awareness programmes, raids and antiplastic drives later, plastic continues to remain a problem for the city. Navi Mumbai generates at least 480 metric tons of garbage on a daily basis.
According to the figures recorded by the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC), of the total garbage generated every day, around 15% is plastic waste, which includes 9% pure plastic (recyclable) and remaining 6% is non-recyclable.
Lack of awareness about disposing plastic waste contributes to the menace. In Navi Mumbai, there are no Advanced Locality Management (ALM) committees, which often take measures to spread awareness. “ALMs pro- mote awareness about segregating garbage and reducing garbage footprint. Such groups can work hand in hand with the corporation to make the city filthfree,” said Shekhar Srinivasan, an Environmental Studies stu- dent at a Nerul-based college.
Disposal of non-biodegradable waste is a painstaking process. “Waste from markets and restaurants, which is bio-degradable, is segregated at source. The rest is taken to a landfill site at Turbhe, from where resalable items are separarted while non-resalable items go for production of RefuseDerive Fuel (RDF) using waste convertor technology,” said Aziz Shaikh, director, solid waste management, NMMC.