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

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT FOR NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta & Ab­hishek Desai sang­hami­tra. sen­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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