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Residents to get coloured bins to help segregate waste

Harshraj Singh, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, March 23, 2014
First Published: 12:58 IST(23/3/2014) | Last Updated: 13:00 IST(23/3/2014)

Over a year after the A2Z group, that lifts garbage in the city, planned to distribute green and blue dustbins among houses to segregate biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste, the group is finally going to begin the process.

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Residents would be encouraged to dump biodegradable garbage in the green bin, whereas non-biodegradable waste would go in the blue bins. The practice is followed in some metros of the country to make segregation of waste easy.

The municipal corporation (MC) and A2Z group officials are expected to start distribution of these dustbins from next week. Around 1 lakh houses in the city would be covered under the project.

After lifting the garbage, the A2Z trucks would take it the solid waste management plant in Jamalpur, where they would segregate inflammable products, such as paper, wood and clothes, from the solid waste to prepare refuse derived fuel, which will be sent to Nakodar for generation of power.

While biodegradable waste will be used to prepare fertiliser and methane gas. Besides the company plans to prepare interlocking tiles from the small pieces of stone and bricks, while the plastic waste will be used to prepare plastic pipes.

“We have received the green and blue dustbins that will be distributed among houses. Collection of waste separately would help in proper disposal and also recycling,” said BPS Chauhan, vice-president of A2Z group, Ludhiana
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“We have also ordered stickers that would separate the bins to help residents know what garbage to dump where. Besides, we will also create awareness among residents,” he added.

Chauhan said the green dustbin would be used to collect kitchen waste, which could be decomposed, while the blue dustbin would be used to collect plastic, wood and other waste, which cannot be decomposed.

AS Sekhon, chief of health and sanitation wing MC, said, “Some women's clubs have come forward to create awareness among residents about the usage of these dustbins. We have also ordered to publish pamphlets so that awareness could be created. The awareness drive will start on March 27.”

“The process was delayed as there was some problem between A2Z group and sweepers regarding lifting of garbage. However, the matter has been resolved,” Sekhon added.

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