Within two years of its formation, the Mahavir Nagar Federation (MFN) in Kandivli (west), an umbrella body of advanced locality management (ALM) bodies in the area, convinced three big housing societies with more than 2,000 residents to practise waste segregation.
Encouraged by the response, residents want to now start a waste to-compost model to keep Mahavir Nagar free of garbage, but are finding themselves involved in a conflict with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
The BMC has stopped sending dry waste collection vehicles to the area since this June, complain residents.
“It is not fair on the BMC’s part to abruptly stop sending dry waste collection vehicles. It’s been more than two months since the collection vehicles stopped coming and the ward officials are not paying heed to our grievances. It discourages residents from segregating waste,” Sujata Chaturvedi, member, MFN.
There’s another problem.
Residents want to make their locality a zerowaste one, for which they want to start composting wet waste.
Housing societies have shied away from the idea of having compost pits on their premises, and after several meetings with officials of the BMC’s solid waste management department, the federation applied for a 1,000 sq ft plot to install compost pits. The federation also got a donor for procuring a sophisticated machine that would convert wet waste into manure.
However, the R-south ward has rejected their application, saying that parting with 1,000 sq ft of land for a compost project is unviable.
“After seemingly accepting the idea of giving us a plot to use for the waste management project, our proposal was rejected. There is a large plantation plot vacant in the area and we thought it was ideal to start the zero-waste model in our area. But now neither have they given us the space nor dry waste collection vehicles,” said Arun Kejriwal, general secretary, MFN.
Currently, the segregation is not serving any purpose as the wet waste continues to be taken by the BMC to the city’s landfill sites.
“We are aware of the grievances of ALMs across the city. We are trying to renew the dry waste collection contracts. With regard to space, several ALMs have built compost pits inside society premises,” said Seema Redkar, official on special duty, SWM department. “We cannot part with plots in every ward for this,” he added.