BHOPAL: Bhopal Municipal Corporation wants the residents to separate dry garbage from the wet junk before handing it over to the civic body staff. However, residents in Bhopal barely know how to sort dry waste off the wet rubbish.
This has spawned confusion and is leading to spat between BMC staff and residents almost on a daily basis. BMC on the other hand has been boasting of its efforts to promote segregation of waste on regular basis.
Due to lack of awareness the residents still dump mixed waste in garbage collection vehicles.
Bhavna Upadhyay, a resident of Arera colony says no worker from the civic body ever approached her family to inform them about how to segregate green or wet waste. We do it but still there is a confusion about how to identify the waste as per government’s parameters. I work at a university and I have to leave home early so before that I have to ensure that the waste is dumped in the garbage vehicle. In the hurry it becomes difficult to identify the nature of the waste, she says. If there is proper dialogue between residents and civic body, things would have been easy, she says.
The residents should be made aware of the waste segregation by the civic body, as we have seen cases where BMC workers even threaten us to dump the wet waste and dry waste or else they will impose fine on us, says Aruna Dubey, a resident of Arera colony. She says that there is a need of efforts as we try to segregate waste but there is a lot of confusion over identification of dry wastes from wet.
Shafique khan, a resident of VIP road near Kohefiza says there was no single instance when someone from the BMC approached us for the waste segregation. He says the waste segregation is an important step towards disposal of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste but there has to be some dialogue between the civic body and residents over it.
The green waste are waste of kitrchen, vegetables, fruits, waste of non-veg, leftover food, eggshell, chicken, used tea leaf, tea bags, coffee powder, leaf etc. Wet waste includes the newspapers, magazines, bottles, boxes, chips, coffee rapper, plastic, paper cups, plates, milk, curd packets, boxes, thermocol, old clothes, brushes, pieces of wood, coconut shells, cosmetics and other beauty products.