The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has kicked off an awareness drive about segregation of waste and composting. Apart from putting up stickers, posters and banners, BMC on Friday started helplines in its wards to guide citizens about segregation and composting.
“Despite several reminders to housing societies about the importance of waste segregation, we got a lukewarm response to the campaign. To speed up segregation and make citizens more aware of it we will arrange presentations about it at ward offices.
One of the posters that the BMC has put up across the city as part of its awareness drive; the authority can penalise societies that don’t segregate waste
We have launched a helpline number for each of the 24 ward offices, where citizens can get information,” said an official from the Solid Waste Management department.
If a society wants information about waste segregation the local ward’s Solid Waste Management Department will arrange a presentation that will guide them on door-to-door collection, segregation of dry and wet waste and composting wet waste. There are around 150 societies in Mumbai and the suburbs that are composting dry waste on their premises.
“In our awareness programme we are putting up banners and posters, and distributing stickers about dry and wet waste segregation. There will also be television advertisements, and information will be disbursed over radio as well,” said Seema Redkar, special officer of the department.
The corporation has sent notices to societies which are not segregating waste, but there has been very little improvement due to lack of awareness. More than 50 per cent garbage is collected from door-to-door but segregation by housing societies is only around 2 per cent.
The wet waste collected from societies is sent to a dry waste collection centre, where it is once again segregated by organisations appointed by BMC.
Recently, BMC purchased 46 compactors for all its 24 wards to collect dry waste separately.
Some of the dry waste is sent for recycling.
Mumbai generates 7,500 metric tonnes of waste daily, which is disposed of at the Deonar and Mulund dumping grounds.
Know your trash
>> Dry waste includes metals, glass, wood and related products, including paper and cardboard.
>> Wet waste includes leftovers of cooked food, rotten vegetables, fruits, etc.