August, 31, 2009

Segregation of ur house itself is what the Municipal Corporation is looking at.

The civic body is working out modalities to introduce door to-door segregation of waste in the city by including the scheme under the sanitation bylaws.

The issue of mixing of all types of garbage had been brought to the fore by the councillors recently. Even animal waste was going as part of the household refuse and was not being segregated.

Municipal Commissioner Dr Roshan Sunkaria on Monday even invited Resident Welfare Associations or non-governmental organisations to come forward and initiate door-to-door collection in any of the sectors as a pilot project.

He added that the door-to-door segregation will resolve to a large extent the city's solid waste management problems.

As per the scheme, residents are required to keep two separate bins for biodegradable and non-bio-degradable waste.

A senior officer asserts that as of now the door-to door collection is informal and is carried out through Resident Welfare Associations and nongovernmental organisations.
The rates of garbage collectors are also not uniform in different sectors. They are paid between Rs 20 and Rs 50. Once the garbage is lifted from houses, it is transported to Sehaj Safai Kendras and the garbage processing plant in Dadumajra.

With the coming up of sanitation bylaws in the city, garbage collectors will also come under the Municipal Corporation's purview.

Sunkaria asserts that as of now no law governs the scheme of door-to-door garbage collection and it differs from sector to sector. With the implementation of the bylaws, protection and accountability of door-to-door collectors will also be established. The interest of Resident Welfare Associations and garbage collectors will be considered before finalising the bylaws. This will also include issuing licences to individuals and collectors managing the garbage under the supervision of Resident Welfare Associations.

Officials in the Corporation are of the view that segregation of garbage is not possible till it is started from houses.
Hospitals across the city are also issued instructions from time to time to manage bio-medical waste properly and throw it in the earmarked bins only.

Source: Hindustan Times Chandigarh