TAKING a step towards better waste management in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is now using trucks that can collect and process wet waste. The initiative is still in the experimental stage and from next week a truck will start collecting waste from several housing societies and hotels producing a large amount of waste.
Named MobiTrash, the truck has been designed by a start-up company and the processing plant has been installed in the truck. “The plant in the truck can process around three tonnes a day. A few housing societies and hotels have expressed interest. We will conduct free trials for them within a few days,” said Saurabh Shah, member of MobiTrash team created by a company Excel. Shah added that they charge every household a nominal monthly fee of Rs 200.
The mobile processing plant only accepts wet waste and the compost generated is either given back to the user or sold to others. After collecting the waste, the processing plant gives it a primary treatment, which yields raw compost, Shah said. The team has set up another plant in Suraksha Garden in Colaba where the second round of processing is done. “We had launched the service in Pune in January and we are currently processing the waste of 25 users including housing societies and corporate firms. About a month ago, we started the service in Surat and we hope to get a good response from Mumbai as well,” said Shah.
Apart from four housing societies in Cuffe Parade and Marine Lines, the company will conduct free trials for three Taj Hotels and the Oberoi Hotel in A-Ward. Shah added that the service will run all day and typically pick up the garbage from housing societies in the morning, from the corporate companies in the evening and from the hotels in the night. The company has one truck which has been registered and is currently functional. It is in the process of designing two more trucks.
Assistant municipal commissioner Kiran Dighavkar said the BMC is supporting the initiative and has allowed them to set up their equipment at the Suraksha Garden on a temporary basis.”Our hope is that as many people as possible opt for this service, and we are especially targeting bulk generators like hotels. If the mobile waste processing plant is successful, then the maximum waste can be processed at the ward level and the quantity of waste being sent to the dumping ground can be minimised,” he said.