Here’s an example of a community coming together for a greater good. Residents of Panchkula’s Sector 7 will themselves launch a door-to-door garbage collection service from September 1 under which a pick-up van will collect waste and directly dump it at the town’s dumping site in sectors 23 and 25.
A pilot project, the novel initiative has even caught municipal corporation’s (MC) attention. The pick-up van will collect garbage from about 400 one-kanal and two-kanal houses in the sector. Earlier, the garbage used to be collected in carts by sweepers, who used to transfer it to MC-owned dumpsters. And from there, the dumpsters were taken to the dumping ground.
“But the problem is that these dumpsters used to fill up soon and start overflowing with waste. After that, garbage was found dumped at vacant places and used to be shifted with the help of tractors,” said CB Goel, the councillor representing Sector 7 and who is leading the initiative.
“As contractors take time in shifting the garbage from vacant places, the sector begins resembling a place dotted with small dumping grounds, which also increases health risks. At present, there is a complaint about poor garbage collection every day,” Goel said.
At present, each household pays about Rs 50-70 a month for garbage collection service of the MC. “We will charge Rs 80 from owners of a kanal house and Rs 100 from that of a 2-kanal house. People will not mind paying a little more,” Goel said.
“Sweepers are interested in segregating recyclable material from the garbage. They start doing this near your house and spread dirt. On rainy days, they do not come. The present system is not effective,” said SK Chhabra, president, Resident Welfare Association, Sector 7. He admitted that owners of small houses had resisted higher price of garbage collection, so initially it had been planned for 1-kanal and 2-kanal houses only.
“We are also thinking of launching this system in MC area. We will buy small pick-up vans for collecting garbage. It is a faster system of transferring garbage to the dumping ground,” said OP Sihag, MC executive officer.
He said the MC was also thinking of asking people themselves to separate biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste. “This can be done by having two separate dustbins,” he suggested. “Only people can do the segregation right from their homes,” said Goel.