Mumbai: BMC yet to install waste composting machine in its headquarters

Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had issued a circular stating that from October 2 the civic body would not collect waste from those hotels, housing societies that generate 100 kilos daily. Shockingly, the BMC headquarters itself generates 120 kilograms of waste every day.

As the deadline of October 2 looms, BMC officials have undertaken awareness campaigns among big residential buildings, commercial complexes and hotels educating them regarding easy steps to follow for waste management. The BMC may now have to practice what it preaches on its own premises. Initiatives like making citizens aware about waste management on wheels was held by BMC in different wards about different machines like organic waste composter and other latest technology available in market which they could adopt.

However, it seems BMC itself would miss the set deadline. As Vijay Balamwar, deputy municipal commissioner (DMC) of the solid waste management department is still clueless about what machine they would be installing for composting waste. However, he claimed that their officials are finding ways for waste processing. The BMC has issued notices to 3,084 housing societies, including commercial establishments to start segregating and composting wet waste by October 2.

Another officer from the BMC said, “If these 3,000 housing societies themselves start composting wet waste, then close to 1,345 metric tonnes of waste would be reduced from going to the dumping grounds. This will also bring down the waste-transport budget by 25%.” Civic officials also claimed that due to various initiatives undertaken and increased vigilance the garbage reaching the dumping ground has gradually decreased by 1,100 metric tonnes daily. Earlier, the city used to produce 9,000 metric tonnes of waste.

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