The existing 34 centres are inadequate for the city’s needs
After facing tremendous flak for its solid waste management following the Deonar fire, the BMC will now create 35 dry waste segregation centres in the city. The centres will separate dry waste that can be sent for recycling, thus reducing the load on dumping grounds.
The BMC had faced a lot of flak for its waste management after the Deonar dumping ground fire. The objective for creating more waste segregation centres is to send less trash to dumping grounds. File pic
Mumbai generates about 10,500 metric tonnes (MT) of solid waste every day (including debris). Around 3,000 MT are sent to Deonar, 3,000 MT are sent to Kanjurmarg and the rest are sent to Mulund. The Bombay High Court had directed the BMC to close the Mulund and Deonar dumping grounds since they had exceeded their capacity. The BMC had therefore declared that it will undertake scientific disposal of waste at both, and eventually shut them down.
Ragpickers on job
There are 34 dry waste segregation centres in the city which treat around 1,200 MT dry waste. These centres are run by NGOs authorized by the BMC. The ragpickers employed by the NGOs separate the dry waste into paper, plastic, metal etc. The NGO is free to sell the waste for recycling. The objective is to send less trash to dumping grounds. However, the 34 were proving to be inadequate for the city’s needs. Therefore the BMC is going to commission more.
“We have decided to create 35 new dry waste segregation centres. The objective is to dispose off more and more dry waste near the source, so as to reduce the load on dumping grounds. The same model with NGOs will be continued. NGOs can sell the dry waste,” informed Vijay Balamwar, deputy municipal commissioner (solid waste management).
He said that ward officers have been asked to identify locations for these centres in their respective wards.
Wall around dumping ground
The work of constructing a safety wall around the Deonar dumping ground has started. The civic body is spending Rs 1.7 crore on it. CCTV cameras have also been set up there.