While the city struggles to manage the enormous amounts of waste it generates, a housing society in Nariman Point has taken a step in the right direction. The Yashodhan Society, a residential complex of IAS officers, has started segregating its dry and wet waste from September 1. The society was in the news recently after five mosquito-breeding sites were found on its premises Tuesday. The IAS officers said it was their initiative to call the BMC to inspect the apartments and prevent mosquito breeding. “Before calling the BMC, we held a meeting on the issue to create awareness,” said a society member.
Others said their society has taken steps to sensitise people about the importance of waste management.
“We have held meetings with domestic helps and residents about waste segregation. Since September 1, we have started segregating dry and wet waste. However, when I checked with the BMC, I found that the segregated waste was being in carried in the same vehicle. I will follow this up with the civic body,” said Shamlal Goyal, principal secretary and OSD (appeals) of revenue department.
Officials from the solid waste management department said the number of vehicles to collect dry waste is being increased. “If just one or two societies in a lane are segregating waste, it is not feasible to send a separate vehicle for wet waste. Wherever there are considerable number of societies in an area or a lane, we are providing separate vehicles,” said the official.
Goyal shifted to the society a few months ago. The six-storeyed building has 42 flats. “Apart from waste segregation, the society has also installed an e-waste collection bin. As per the revised municipal solid waste rules, e-waste needs to be segregated by everyone. It is mandatory from October 1. But we installed it around a month ago. If e-waste goes to dumping grounds, it creates poisons gases which damage the environment,” he said.
A government official said at present, e-waste is being recycled by four-five companies authorised by the Maharashtra Control Pollution Board. “There is absolutely no awareness about e-waste segregation. The BMC must make it mandatory from October 1 as per the rules. Electronic material should not go to dumping grounds at all,” the official said.