No more dumping

Capital's hospitality industry will have to manage its waste

Published: Wednesday 15 December 2004

the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (mcd) has asked the capital's hospitality industry to own responsibility for the waste it produces. The industry has to establish a waste segregation system by putting separate garbage bins for biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste. mcd has warned more than 500 major hotels of the city, along with small restaurants and dhabas (eateries) , that it will levy a fine of Rs 5,000 per violation for not following waste segregation.

The Confederation of Indian Industries (cii) has been asked to chalk out a waste management action plan for the sector. This plan will serve as a blueprint for hotels and restaurants. It is noteworthy that the five-star hotels of the city alone generate 100 to 150 tonnes of waste every month. "Since the polluter pays principal works all over the world, it should be accepted by the hospitality industry too," said mcd commissioner Rakesh Mehta while addressing a workshop on "Waste Management and Disposal in Hotels and Restaurants" on November 16, 2004. Ravi Dass, mcd's director-in-chief of sanitation, said the corporation would facilitate the entire procedure, in keeping with cii's recommendations.

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