City’s garbage collection drops to 7,000 mt

Mumbai : The Mumbai city total garbage collection has dropped from 9,000 metric tonnes to 7,200 metric tonnes, after BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation began taking stern action against fraud contractors carrying mixed debris.

The BMC had also begun taking action against bulk generators to set up composting pits as per the Solid Waste Management (SWM) Act, 2016, which has finally made a positive impact.

In 2017, large compactors made 17,991 rounds for carrying waste, while this year till June, around 16,234 rounds were made due to the less amount of garbage generated. Overall, 1757 trips of the compactors were reduced. Similarly, mini compactors made 10,951 trips for carrying waste as compared to previous years, with 10,195 trips being completed by June.

The Small Closed Vehicles (SVC) garbage carrying trips have been reduced as they made 15,368 trips this year as compared to 16, 285 trips in 2017.

To bring the city a waste collection down, BMC has taken several measures which includes segregation of wet and dry waste and asking bulk generators to set up composting pits. SWM officials have prosecuted 963 bulk generators from all 24 civic wards till August, 2018, for failing to comply to the norms.

The corporation had directed all those who generated more than 100 kilograms of waste daily or have an area above 20,000 square metres to set up composting pits to manage their own waste. BMC had threatened of severe action which included no waste collection by civic workers and a daily fine of Rs 100.

BMC seizes 17,084 kg plastic, collects Rs 97.75 cr as fine

Mumbai : The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has seized 17,084 kg plastic and collected Rs 97,75,000 as fine since the plastic ban was implemented in Maharashtra.

The fine has been collected from 2,09,589 persons and places while 17,084 kg of plastic has been seized between June 23 and August 31.

On March 23, the Maharashtra government had issued a notification, imposing a ban on the manufacture, use, sale and distribution of all plastic materials like plastic bags, spoons, plates, bottles and thermocol items. On April 13, the Bombay High Court had called the ban ‘reasonable’.

Later on June 23, the BMC had launched a drive against the plastic and formed various teams to conduct raids at various places. Anyone who was found using plastic was imposed with a fine.

A complain authority has been formed at every ward for those who refused to pay the fine. And, a case will be registered against those who refused to pay the fine.

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