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Unsegregated garbage won’t be picked up, says Mumbai civic chief

Mumbai city news: Housing societies that produce more than 100kg of waste daily or have an area more than 20,000 square metres will have to segregate waste and install waste processing units in their compounds, according to a new order issued by BMC chief Ajoy Mehta in a weekly meeting

mumbai Updated: Jul 03, 2017 00:14 IST
Sanjana Bhalerao
Sanjana Bhalerao
Hindustan Times
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The move comes in the wake of a dumping ground fire and in an effort to reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill daily.(File photo)

Civic chief Ajoy Mehta on Saturday ordered the solid waste management department to not pick up waste from housing societies that do not segregate waste, starting from October 2.

Housing societies that produce more than 100kg of waste daily or have an area more than 20,000 square metres will have to segregate waste and install waste processing units in their compounds, according to a new order issued by Mehta in a weekly meeting.

Housing societies now have three months to start garbage segregation and processing.

In addition, Mehta has also asked the department to provide technical support and help if needed.

For the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) own departments and ward offices, they have another deadline to contend with and much closer.

According to a source, all the 24 ward officers have to suggest methods of processing waste, land availability and amount of waste generated in each ward within a month.

Municipal markets will also see waste convertors on the site.

The move comes in the wake of a dumping ground fire and in a bid to reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill daily. Also, according to a recent cleanliness survey 2017, Mumbai ranked 29th.

According to the BMC’s data, only 48% of housing societies in the city segregate waste daily. Around 7,993 metric tonnes of waste are dumped at the three landfills in the city.

Starting from January this year, BMC has already sent notices to more than 23,000 housing societies across the city for not segregating waste.

This is not the first time that BMC has tried to implement such order.

A similar order was enforced in 2012 too. However, owing to a lack of separate vehicles for dry and wet waste the implementation had failed.

There are 46 dry waste vehicles operational in the city, which will be increased to 94 in the next four months.

In addition to 67 sorting centres, the draft development plan has also proposed segregation centres at 11 other sites in the city.

With the new order, the BMC is not only asking citizens to segregate, but also process wet waste.

First Published: Jul 02, 2017 00:38 IST