The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is planning to come up with a new rule for segregation of waste. The housing societies dumping non-segregated waste in Mumbai will now have to pay a hefty fine for this activity.
According to the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, it is compulsory to segregate waste at the source in order to convert the same into wealth by the process of recovery, reuse and recycle. The intention behind segregating waste is to minimize the waste that reaches to the dumping ground. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation ordered to segregate both small and big into three sections before dumping it to waste collector. This will prove helpful to send all sorts of waste to the designated destination for recycling and dumping.
In November 2017, BMC stopped collecting wet waste from housing societies who generate more than 100-kg waste or are widespread in an area of over 20,000 sq. mtr. The same is implemented under Section 368 of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act. The Corporation also asked big housing societies to set up organic waste converter, vermicomposting or bio-methanation facilities to treat waste at the source.
The BMC is planning to make penalty on non-segregation of waste at source for small housing societies also after putting up fine on the large waste generators which include big housing societies.
Vishwas Shankarwar deputy municipal commissioner for solid waste management said that the segregation rate of waste in the city has increased from 53 percent in 2017 to 65 percent in 2018. This helped BMC to deduct daily waste creation by 2,300 metric tonnes (MT), and the number of waste collection vehicles by 120. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is expecting to minimize the number of collection by 70 by the end of 2018.