In a step taken towards making people learn to properly dump waste, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has taken a stern action. It has stopped collecting waste from housing societies falling under its ambit, to get people to begin segregating and composting waste material on their own. Also, they have issued notices to 500-odd housing societies and held meetings with residential welfare associations.
Moreover, NMMC is holding workshops in these societies to teach them about the same. November 15 has been set as a deadline for the people of these housing societies to start implementing it, failing which they will face further action.
Tushar Pawar, the deputy municipal commissioner said, “This year, after Diwali, we issued notices again to around 500 societies, most of them high-rises that generate more than 100 kg waste daily. It’s mandatory for all societies to find ways and sources to compost dry waste.”
He added, “Along with societies, we have also sent notices to 22 hotels. We started holding workshops after Diwali to teach them how to turn waste into compost and how it will help them in the future.”
At present, only 60% of the total waste in Navi Mumbai is segregated, which is creating a hindrance in improving its rank as a clean city in a Government of India’s prepared list.
Out of 650 metric tons of waste materials collected by the civic body, 200 metric tons is wet waste. It aims at making Navi Mumbai the cleanest city in the country. The body has decided to put up 100-odd bins across the city to collect e-waste.
According to Pawar, residents were least concerned about the segregation and the situation was worse in slums and gaothans. “So, after the societies, our target is the 48 gaothans and 48 slums that fall within NMMC’s limits. We are also conducting street plays to educate the masses about the segregation process.”
Mayor Sudhakar Sonawane stated, “We aren’t forcing people to follow the process, but they should know by now what the situation in the near future will be if dry and wet waste is dumped together in the dumping ground – same as that in Mumbai. In the workshop, we are trying to explain to people how within their own homes 1 kg waste is collected daily and how they can recycle it, turn it into manure. The workshop teaches how one can carry out composting within one’s house near the kitchen or balcony or within the society premises.”
“Issuing notices to societies doesn’t mean we will take preemptive action… we are just following the due process and pushing them to lend support to the corporation, so that everyone can have access to cleaner and greener surroundings. The corporation can’t do it alone, citizens need to do their bit as well,” he added.’