After supplying waste to farmers around the city for manure, the civic administration has extended the service to kiln manufacturers, jaggery units and small industries that need heat generated from combustion material. The service is rendered for free within 75 km from the city limits.
“The PMC has restarted the service of providing wet garbage on demand to farmers around the city limits. There is a good response to it as only segregated waste is being supplied,” said joint municipal commissioner Suresh Jagtap.
The civic administration had been supplying around 250 tonnes of wet waste everyday to farmers as per their demand, he said, adding that this had helped the civic body to effectively dispose of the waste at a time when there were problems with open dumping being prohibited at the Uruli Devachi landfill site.
Now, the civic administration is exploring ways to dispose dry waste. “We want those using fuel to generate heat in their units to use the dry combustible waste for the purpose. Thus, the owners of brick kiln, jaggery units and small industries, that have heat furnaces, have been urged to use dry waste as fuel,” Jagtap said.
The PMC service would be for free and delivered at their doorstep within 75 km from civic body boundary, he added. Here it may be recalled that the agitation launched in the first week of January was withdrawn after villagers were convinced that the civic body would soon make arrangements to process garbage. Due to lack of space and a proper plan, the PMC is yet to cater to the need to dispose 35 per cent of waste generated every day – mainly from the suburbs.
Meanwhile, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), while shifting its focus on decentralising garbage processing, has invited private companies to start small capacity processing units for organic and inorganic waste on civic land. “The civic administration has been working on setting up units with processing capacity of 2, 3, 5 and 10 tonne per day,” Jagtap said, adding that the technology used by the private agency should be environment friendly, economically viable and comply with the municipal solid waste guidelines.
The unit should be set up within two months, while the operation and maintenance of the unit should be done by the agency for five years from the commissioning of the project. The product and by-product will be the ownership of the agency running the unit.
The plan is to set up at least one unit in each electoral ward. The corporators had been urged to cooperate with the civic administration to decentralise garbage processing, he added. “The demand for wet waste by farmers will end during monsoon and the civic body has to set up the small processing plants across the city before that,” Jagtap said.