Aimed at meeting environment-friendly standards prescribed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the Karnal municipal corporation (KMC) has decided to take up segregation of waste at source on a trial basis in the ward number 2.
The exercise will help the local body safely dispose of tonnes of household waste produced daily and recycle bio-non-degradable waste.
Also, it will address health safety issues of the sanitary workers who were exposed to various infections due to manual segregation of the refuse.
KOLAR MC MODEL
Authorities are trying to emulate the success story of Kolar municipal council in Karnataka where 100% doorstep collection of 65% source-segregated waste was achieved within a month.
Karnataka's local body is also credited with combining compost made from the segregated waste with chemical fertilisers.
According to the officials of the Karnal corporation, a team of 22 volunteers has been roped in to sensitise residents to keep wet, dry and sanitary waste separately.
In the first phase, seven specially designed low-cost tricycles would be used by the sanitary workers to collect segregated house waste from the doorsteps of houses in LIC Colony, Ashoka Nursery and Shakti Puram localities of the ward no 2.
Segregated waste would be transported to the solid waste management plant at Shekhpur Suhana village.
Officials said that while much of the dry waste comprising items such as paper, wood, cardboard, metals, cloth and leather can be used for recycling, wet waste, comprising mostly kitchen waste, can be used for generation of compost.
Talking to HT on Tuesday, KMC Commissioner Sumedha Kataria said, "Our initial target is to cover three residential pockets in the ward number 2. Volunteers have started approaching residents to create information, education and communication (IEC) about the ambitious sanitation programme."
IMPLEMENTATION IN PHASES
She said that once at-source segregation got stabilised in these areas, the initiative would be extended to other wards in a phased manner and the previous areas would serve as examples for others to emulate.
Resident welfare associations (RWAs) of sectors developed by Huda and the housing board would also be involved for segregated refuse collection at doorsteps at the later stage.
Kataria said that in the ongoing awareness campaign in these areas since Monday, teams of volunteers had been requesting people to keep wet waste in bins and pour them into the tippers directly.
"Instead of providing bins, it is being planned to let the households find low-cost solutions at their ends to keep the segregated refuse. Sanitation is an issue which could not be succeeded without active public participation and KMC would try to make Karnal a role model in the state," she said.
A volunteer Praveen Verma said that there were 1,407 households in the three colonies identified in the first phase and a sensitisation programme about the biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste had been started.
'KACHRE SE KAMAI'
The newly appointed KMC commissioner has planned to implement 'kkachre se Kamai' model for villages in the jurisdiction of the local body.
During her stint as the additional deputy commissioner in 2010, Kataria had successfully implemented a similar project in nearly 60 villages of Kurukshetra district where people were able to get income by processing household refuse.
"When wet waste is separated it decomposes fast, helping in quick production of manure reducing smell. Dry waste, mainly plastic materials, will be taken for recyling. We will try to replicate it at the KMC villages for waste management at the local level," she said.