With Delhi’s sanitary landfill sites full to capacity, the MCD is planning to recycle the city’s garbage. If implemented, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will no longer be required to dump the city’s garbage at sanitary landfill sites.
Dumping garbage is a huge concern for the MCD as all its sanitary landfill sites—Ghazipur in east Delhi, Bhalswa-Jehangirpuri in north Delhi and Okhla in south Delhi—have exhausted their capacity.
The MCD plans to rope in a private firm to set up a plant to recycle the city’s garbage and turn it into coal to generate electricity. A team of MCD officials and members of the political wing had gone to Kanpur where the firm had undertaken a similar exercise to recycle waste generated in Kanpur everyday.
“The company had set up a plant in Kanpur on an area of 100 acre. The plant recycles 1,500 metric tonnes of garbage daily. As Delhi’s garbage generation is more, they have assured us that they can recycle up to 7,000 metric tones of garbage. If this is done, we won’t have to take the garbage to sanitary landfill sites which are almost full,” said a senior MCD official. The civic body says this exercise will also help generate 15 KW of electricity daily.
The firm has been asked by the civic agency to come up with a detailed proposal which will be tabled in the Standing Committee of the MCD for approval.
“The company has also said it will put up dustbins across the city as part of the project. Also, it has proposed to conduct door-to-door garbage collection too. If that is done it will eliminate the need for our sanitary workers to collect and dump garbage, too,” he added.
The city’s garbage production has been increasing alarmingly over the past few years. Every year, the city adds a thousand tonnes of garbage taking the current total of garbage produced up to 9,000 metric tonnes from 6,000 metric tones it produced earlier per day.