The Ferozepur Cantonment Board (CBF) on Friday launched 'Mission zero garbage'. Under the scheme, the board's hygiene-agents will collect garbage every morning from each household at scheduled times with segregation at source and then vermicomposting, all free of cost. The cantonment will second in India after Walignton in Chennai to have such a facility.
"The aim is to turn the cantonment into a zero garbage township with zero static garbage bins," said board CEO G Vijay Bhaskar.
On Friday, Surinder Singh, vice-president of the cantonment board flagged off 17 hygiene-wagons (rehris) to collect garbage from all the eight wards of CBF.
Addressing the gathering, Bhaskar apprised about preparatory work done in terms of conducting 'bhagidari campaign' with active involvement of schoolchildren as the awareness ambassadors in all the streets and bazaars of the cantonment and distribution of green and red-coloured garbage bins among all the households.
Bhaskar made an appeal to all the residents of the cantonment to participate in this noble cause that would further beautify the area and hence make life better.
Trucks carrying the garbage will have two sections to segregate garbage into two categories - biogradable and non-biogradable and fertilisers would be prepared from the biodegradable waste, said CBF SDO Satish Arora.
"It's a bonanza for the residents as they will live in cleaner environs," said an official. Recently the ministry of defence had approved an underground sewerage system for the CBF and the tenders for the project had been floated.