New KMC project to focus on waste segregation at source in 20 wards in city

Kolkata: 21 Feb, 2019 (Times of India)

Kolkata :The civic body is set to launch waste segregation at source in 20 city wards.

This is the first tentative step towards a more scientific handling of municipal solid waste, which is currently a mixture of household green waste, hazardous materials and even recyclables. As this mixed waste disintegrates, it releases toxic chemicals that cause long-term damage to the city environment and residents’ health.

Segregation will also significantly reduce the volume of waste that is transported to dumpyard. Currently, 4,500 tonnes of municipal solid waste is dumped at Dhapa.

Pranab Chatterjee, a physician residing on Chetla Central Road, is looking forward to living a more responsible life once the segregation is introduced. He currently segregates the recyclables because they can be sold to junk traders. But the rest of the waste is disposed in a single bag.

“We need to be more conscious of our environment and segregating waste at home is a great way to contribute to the cause,” said Chatterjee even as mayor Firhad Hakim launched the scheme near Chetla’s Ahindra Mancha on Wednesday.

“This is a unique scheme where citizens have to play the most important role and cooperate with the civic staff. If we can successfully launch it and sustain the drive, it will go a long way,” the mayor said.

According to the plan, each household in the ward will be handed out two waste bins, green and white. While the green bin will be used for biodegradable wastes like vegetable peels, paper etc, the white bin is for hazarddous or non bio-degradable waste like plastics, tetra packs etc. The KMC conservancy staff will collect waste from the two bins separately. While those from the green bin will go into production of fertilizer, the ones from the white bin will be taken to small industries.

According to an official from the KMC solid waste management department, councillors have been vying with each other to get their wards included in the initiative. “We are being flooded with requests from councillors across the city to launch the scheme in their wards as well. We are working on a list and will finalise 19 other wards soon,” he said.

Some areas which may be chosen for the mandatory scheme include Garden Reach Rashbehari Avenue, Sarat Bose Road, Paikpara, Mahatma Gandhi Road, parts of Chittaranjan Avenue, Jodhpur Park, Jadavpur, Tollygunge and localities off EM Bypass.