As dumping grounds get dangerously close to saturation, civic authorities request hotels, oil companies etc to recycle waste by setting up biogas plants on their premises
With the dumping grounds reaching near capacity in the city, civic authorities are trying to minimise the load of solid waste by asking major organisations, including major companies and hotels, to recycle their waste. Environmental pollution that has taken precedence in the past few years is now high on the priority list of the BMC.
In a letter addressed to several top organisations, the BMC's solid waste management department has requested them to install a biogas plant on their premises, which would recycle, reuse and reduce the solid waste generated from their organisations.
Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Hindustan Lever, Bombay Port Trust, Taj Hotels, Oberoi Hotels, The Leela, Le Meridien, Sun n Sand and Grand Maratha are the organisations that have been notified.
B P Patil, chief engineer (solid waste management) said, "I wrote to these organisations last Wednesday, informing them that if they are interested, we can assist them in setting up the biogas plant. It is a better option, as we cannot keep transporting huge quantities of garbage. Moreover, these organisations are huge; they can set up biogas plants in their premises and recycle the waste rather than getting us to dispose it for them."
According to an official from the solid waste department, the city currently generates 7,000 metric tonnes of garbage per day, which is dumped at Mulund and Deonar dumping grounds.
"The changing lifestyle has led to an alarming increase of solid waste, and the dumpsites are close to getting saturated," said an official.
He added, "Transportation costs have increased tremendously with the cost of fuel rising, and procurement of additional vehicles has lead to pollution in the city. Also, new dumping sites around the city are avoidable, if people generate less garbage and start recycling."
He added that established technologies for such plants are already in place and they have a capacity of half to five tonnes.
The minimum space required for setting up a plant of half to five tonne capacity. Patil said that this would not only reduce the carbon footprint directly but also help in prevent global warming.
"These organisations generate large quantities of kitchen and bio-degradable waste and setting up the biogas plant would generate energy which can be used for their own benefit," said Patil.
Garbage generated in the city every day