Mumbai: Positive response to new waste policy, says BMC

Mumbai: Many bulk generators, which includes big housing societies, malls and commercial establishments producing 100 kg and above of waste everyday are in a state of confusion on setting up composting pits. On the contrary there are civic wards receiving positive response due to the introduction of the new policy on waste management which is enforcing bulk generators to manage their own waste.

Dadar (G north) ward of BMC which usually generates 750 metric tonnes of waste everyday has decreased the waste collection by an average 45 metric tonnes. Tanaji Ghag, assistant head superintendent (AHS) of Solid Waste Management (SWM) department, remarked that in his ward around 590 housing societies, small or big both have been issued notices to segregate and process waste. Out of 590 societies 82 are bulk generators.

“Notices of waste segregation and processing was issued to all to create awareness about the alarming issue ‘waste’ of Mumbai. Interestingly, many small societies who do not fall under 100 kg criteria still started the initiative, in a way to make society a better place to live in. Due to more positive responses the waste collection has decreased, eventually bringing down the number of vehicles transporting waste by seven, saving taxpayers’ money,” he added.

He further revealed, “Apart from small housing societies twelve big residential complexes started the waste management initiative out of 82 bulk generators, while remaining societies have taken an extension ensuring soon composting pits they would set up in their premises.” He also clearly mentioned that those societies which even after repeated notices and warning have not set up composting pits will be served notices of possible action under Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices (MRTP) Act.”

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