Mangaluru City Corporation’s (MCC) appeal to citizens to separate waste at source was well received. Around 50 percent of the resulting wet waste is separated at the source every day before it is given to the public in the house-to-house collection.
According to the Karnataka Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, and MCC Solid Waste Management bye-laws, 2018, the separation of waste at the source into wet, dry and hygienic is required.
On Tuesday (June 1st), 111.9 tons of wet garbage were separated from 219.59 tons of collected garbage at the source.
On Sunday (May 30th) the city had separated 128.63 tons of wet garbage from 270.79 tons of collected garbage. Of the 161.4 tons collected on May 29, around 85.26 tons of wet waste were separated.
“The rubbish that is collected when sweeping the streets and from garbage cans is in mixed form. We want to make sure that every household segregates waste at the source to ensure that landfill disasters like the one that occurred in Pachchanady in 2019 do not recur, ”said MCC Commissioner Akshy Sridharhar DH.
The MCC’s waste disposal unit in Pacchanady also receives waste from Ullal, Kotekar and Someshwara. “We have asked the local authorities to separate waste before it reaches Pacchanady,” added the Commissioner.
In addition, bulky waste producers such as hotels, restaurants, wedding halls, catering services, chicken coops, housing associations, small businesses, hostels, educational institutions and recycling agencies had. Because of the lockdown, many were looking for more time to set up the units. Once normal, bulky waste producers will be asked to dispose of their wet waste, Akshy Sridhar said.
Occupancy certificates are currently only being issued for the high-rise apartments that have built waste recycling facilities on their premises, he added.
At the community level, awareness is being created to separate waste at source, added the Commissioner.
People shouldn’t mix used face masks, gloves, and other sanitary and medical wastes in wet waste in this day and age where the spread of Covid-19 is high, Akshy added.
People should dispose of their medical and sanitary waste separately by wrapping them in paper or in yellow bio bags, the commissioner said.