Selective handling

Published: Tuesday 15 May 2001

india / waste management

starting from August 2001, only biodegradable waste from the residential and commercial complexes of Mumbai will be managed by the Brihan-Mumbai Municipal Corporation ( bmc ). Mumbai residents will have to make their own arrangements to dump the non-biodegradable waste. This directive was recently passed by bmc in accordance with Section 368 of the city's Municipal Corporation Act. However, many residents are confused about the proposed system of segregation.

"The basic requirements are two containers: one for biodegradable waste such as vegetable skins, and the other for garbage like plastic and glass," explains a bmc official. Another important agenda of bmc is to get rid of all community dustbins. In fact, the process is already functioning in some areas. "When cities like Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata can do it, why not Mumbai?," questioned Chandra-shekhar Rokde, the city's deputy municipal commissioner.

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