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EDMC to set up helplines and collection mechanism for scrap materials

By, New Delhi
Dec 18, 2021 12:22 AM IST

Unscientific demolition and processing of scrap leads to environmental pollution and currently, none of the three civic bodies of Delhi has a scrap waste collection mechanism

Soon residents as well as commercial units in east Delhi will be able dispose of their scrap material in an environment friendly manner while also getting some value back for it. The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) is now moving towards setting up a helpline, website and collection mechanism, specifically meant for scrap material, old metallic products and disused vehicles in the trans-Yamuna areas.

A chief engineer overseeing the project said a private company will be appointed specifically to create the scrap chain management in the unorganized sector — mainly scrap shops. (Picture for representation only)
A chief engineer overseeing the project said a private company will be appointed specifically to create the scrap chain management in the unorganized sector — mainly scrap shops. (Picture for representation only)

Justifying the need for the new mechanism, a letter from the municipal commissioner Vikas Anand to the standing committee on Friday said there were various unorganized sectors and households generating a high volume of scrap material in the EDMC jurisdiction and these places were not under the ambit of regulations for scientific disposal of scrap material. Therefore, it has become essential to create an environment for scrap chain management through the association of various stakeholders. Unscientific demolition and processing of scrap leads to environmental pollution and currently, none of the three civic bodies of Delhi has a scrap waste collection mechanism.

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A chief engineer overseeing the project said a private company will be appointed specifically to create the scrap chain management in the unorganized sector — mainly scrap shops. “We had taken the lead in empanelling agencies for handling electronic waste and now we plan to become the first corporation to do the same for scrap waste. The EDMC will act as a facilitator by empanelling agencies that will collect, transport, process and scientifically store the scrap waste in accordance with the Delhi Pollution Control Committee and the Central Pollution Control Board norms. In the first phase, only people from unorganised sectors who are willing to be a part of this mechanism will be incorporated,” the official said, asking not to be named.

The east corporation officials said a large chunk of scrap waste management is in the unorganized sector and the project will be the first step towards its formalisation. “It will take more time to integrate the sector and we will review the progress after one year,” the official said.

The EDMC will help in empaneling agencies and also float toll free numbers and a website for streamlining collection of scrap waste. “The empanelled agencies will pay residential, industrial as well as commercial operators as per the salvage value and a fixed royalty will be ensured so that EDMC too gets some revenue,” official added.

The standing committee will undertake further deliberations on the proposal and the matter has been postponed till the next meeting on Friday.

The EDMC launched a similar initiative for collection of electronic waste in July and the civic body has processed over 70 requests so far. In April 2019, while following the National Green Tribunal’s orders, the authorities had undertaken large-scale sealing drive in west Delhi’s Mayapuri, which had become a hub for illegal dismantling and processing of scrap metal. In June this year, the tribunal asked the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and other authorities to create public awareness against unauthorised scrapping activities.

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