Noida: 10 RWAs keen on waste-to-compost scheme

Noida authority CEO Amit Mohan Prasad met with RWA representatives to get their support for the scheme in which they will treat waste at the generation point

noida Updated: Jul 21, 2017 23:13 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
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According to a study, Noida’s 14 lakh population generates around 660 tonnes of solid waste daily.(Sunil Ghosh/HT File Photo)

A total of 10 residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) have written to the Noida authority expressing their desire to treat biodegradable waste at source in their respective housing societies. The RWAs have decided to support the Noida authority’s scheme under which the authority will bear 75% of the cost of the machine that will produce compost from biodegradable waste. The remaining cost will have to be borne by the respective RWAs.

The Noida authority wants to treat waste at the generation point (housing society). The RWAs that have expressed interest in participating in this ‘make compost from waste’ scheme include those in sectors 20, 33, 52 and 35.

Noida authority chief executive officer, Amit Mohan Prasad, had on Thursday met city RWAs and discussed issues related with this scheme in the authority’s Sector 6 office at 4pm.

“As of now, 10 RWAs are coming forward to participate in this scheme that aims to clean up waste and make compost. We hope others would do likewise. However, some RWAs suggested that the authority make a detailed plan on the funds to be spent on such projects. We will do that to provide RWAs the required comfort and work for waste treatment projects,” said Prasad.

According to officials, such waste-to-compost machines cost around Rs6 to Rs8 lakh apiece.

“Our idea is that the RWAs segregate household waste at their societies and set aside biodegradable waste that they can then turn to compost. They can sell the compost in the market and raise money to run the project. If they want, the Noida authority will purchase the compost for use in city parks,” said Prasad.

According to a study, Noida’s 14 lakh population generates nearly 660 tonnes of waste daily. However, the 40-year-old city still does not have a landfill site to dispose its municipal solid waste, which instead is dumped on roadsides and in vacant spaces in Sector 137 along the Noida Expressway.

“With this scheme and the RWAs’ support, the authority wants to reduce the amount of solid waste that has to be transported to landfills,” said an authority official.

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 23:13 IST