Mumbai: Along with wet waste, the BMC has also focused on collection and processing of dry waste. The city daily produces 200 metric tonnes of dry waste, while there are only 46 dry collection centres.
So, the civic body has plans to set up an additional nine centres in the next four months.
BMC targets 100% waste segregation
As per BMC, around 82 percent of waste is currently segregated at the source. The civic body has set a target to achieve 100 percent segregation in the near future. The BMC has made it mandatory for all housing societies and commercial establishments larger than 20,000 sq metres or those producing more than 100 kg of wet waste (bulk generators) to segregate and compost waste in their premises.
Dry wase centers at ward level
However, the centres formed by the BMC manage dry waste at the ward level rather than sending it to the dumping grounds which have already been exhausted to their capacity. "Dry waste does not decay or have a bad odour, so we sent a separate vehicle for its collection to societies as per quantity of generation or the requirement of the locality," said a civic official of solid waste management department.
Plastic, paper, glass, metals, tetrapack, aluminium foil etc are considered as dry waste. "We are working on setting up new centres mostly in the suburbs. Each centre is expected to process around 5 tonnes of dry waste daily. The centres will come up in the next four months," added the official. The BMC daily produces 6,300 to 6,500 metric tonnes of waste in the city.