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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, December 14, 2012
The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) will soon start collecting garbage from your doorstep. For the first time, the municipal body has tied up with NGO Chintan, an environmental research action group, for door-to-door collection of waste. The waste will later be segregated.

The EDMC standing committee on Thursday passed a proposal to that effect. As part of the pilot project, two wards will be taken up. "We will select wards that urgently require this service. Currently, many people just throw their garbage outside their homes instead of dumping them at designated sites," said Mahek Singh, standing committee chairman.

The NGO will also create and operate material recovery facilities (MRF) at Sunlight colony in Old Seemapuri and at A-block at Govindpuri where the waste will be segregated. "While recyclable waste such as electronic waste will be used by the NGO for revenue generation, the non-usable fraction will be dropped at the nearest garbage station," said SS Yadav, Commissioner, East Corporation.

The cost of garbage collection and segregation will be borne by the NGO. The corporation will only provide land for operating the MRF. If the pilot project is successful, similar facilities will be provided in other areas as well.

While the NGO Chintan has been roped in for the pilot project for a year, the plan will be extended through open competition, officials said.