SUBJECT :Waste Management 

 Municipal Corporation to hold competition to select ‘swachh’ sectors: Badnore

Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore today launched the project “segregation of waste at source” on World Environment Day at the Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, in the presence of MP Kirron Kher and Mayor Asha Jaswal.

He said the Municipal Corporation would organise a competition to select “Swachh wards/sectors” on the basis of segregation of waste at source. The Administrator said as waste segregation is a relatively new concept, it becomes important to educate all about its technical specifications, methods, and processes.

MP Kher said, “It is a pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We should work with him not shoulder to shoulder, but heart to heart.” 

She said behavioural change is a key aspect in waste management. Home composting is the easiest and best method for disposing of biodegradable waste. If people start composting, segregation is ensured and this will, in turn, facilitate recycling, the MP said.

The Mayor said the MC was currently undertaking campaigns on waste segregation for educating and engaging citizens and municipal workers.

MC Commissioner Kavita Singh appealed to the public to adopt the practice of segregating waste at source.

The Administrator also launched a signature campaign and flagged off a display van, which will cover all areas of Chandigarh, to spread message about segregation of waste at source. He also flagged off the cycle carts fixed with two bins—— blue to carry dry waste and green for wet waste.

Under the project, residents would be provided two dustbins to segregate dry (blue bins) and wet (green bins) waste separately.

The Mayor informed the gathering that whatever amount would be fixed per month for collecting garbage, it would be taken by waste collectors. If any household does not pay the same, then it will reflect in its water bill. If any household does not take services of the collector and was found to be throwing garbage anywhere would be fined Rs 5,000.

Segregation by colour

  • Blue for dry waste which constitutes plastic, paper, metal, rubber, thermocol, old mops, dusters, sponges, cosmetics, ceramics, wooden chips, hair and coconut shells, etc.
  • Green for wet waste which includes vegetable, fruit peels, cooked food, leftovers, egg shells, chicken/fish bones, rotten fruits & vegetables, tea bags, coffee grinds and leaf plates etc.

Source: The Tribune, Chandigarh