In Mumbai: Kalyan-Dombivli civic body to felicitate school that collects maximum plastic, e-waste
To segregate plastic and e-waste from the waste generated daily by the twin cities, the KDMC has decide to segregate them at their sourcemumbai Updated: Aug 03, 2017 23:18 IST
Under its latest initiative to make the city free of plastic and e-waste, the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) has roped in schools for the drive.
The school which collects the most waste till August 13 will get recognition from the KDMC.
The KDMC workers will visit schools at 11 am on August 14 to collect the waste.
After imposing a blanket ban on plastic bags across Kalyan-Dombivli on July 15, the KDMC has now decided to act on plastic and e-waste generated in houses and schools.
To segregate plastic and e-waste from the waste generated daily by the twin cities, the KDMC has decide to segregate them at their source.
The waste collected by the schools will be handed over to the KDMC workers on August 14. For this, the students will be asked to bring in waste from their houses and localities.
Last month, mayor Rajendra Devlekar met solid waste management authorities and representatives of schools in Kalyan and Dombivli.
He asked the civic officials to collect plastic and e -waste from the schools on a particular day.
“E-waste is usually dumped with the daily waste. It needs segregation. The civic body is planning to make waste segregation mandatory and this is one of the steps in this direction. Our motto is to make the students aware about the importance of segregating of waste,” said Devlekar.
At present, waste segregation does not happen in areas that fall under the KDMC. Every day, 700 metric tonnes of unprocessed waste is dumped at the Adharwadi landfill, Kalyan.
Besides handing over the waste to the civic employees, students and school staff will also take oath to keep the twin cities free of plastic and e-waste.
“We have decided to collect maximum plastic and e-waste from schools and send it for disposal to a private firm. We have a few firms in mind, but are exploring other options as well,” said Dhanaji Thoraskar, deputy municipal commissioner, solid waste management department, KDMC.
He added, “If the idea works, we’ll implement it once or twice a month.”