MORE THAN a year since the BMC mandated that bulk generators of waste, including large housing societies and commercial establishments, will have to segregate garbage and process wet waste within their premises, the drive has received lukewarm response.
According to data compiled by the municipality, only 43.36 per cent of total bulk generators have started processing waste on their premises. The BMC has issued 3,153 notices to violators till now.
On July 1, 2017, the BMC had announced that all bulk generators of waste will have to separate dry and wet waste, and must install processing units for wet waste. Housing societies and commercial establishments generating 100 kg or more of waste daily as well as those occupying an area of over 20,000 square metres fall in the category of bulk generators.
Until November 3, only 1,463 bulk generators have started processing wet waste, out of the total 3,374 listed bulk generators.
According to figures provided by the solid waste management (SWM) department, wards in the western suburbs have shown poor progress. For example, in H West Ward (Bandra, Khar areas) of the 91 bulk generators, only 24 have complied with the rules. In H East (Bandra East, Santacruz East), 64 out of 165 have complied while in K West (Andheri West, Jogeshwari, Juhu), 89 out of 565 and in P North (Malad), 60 out of 315 bulk generators have begun processing wet waste. The data was discussed at last week’s review meeting held by Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta.
Deputy municipal commissioner in charge of SWM department, Vishwas Shankarwar, said: “We are trying to create more awareness among residents regarding segregation and waste processing at source. In case of those reluctant to take up the task, we will continue to send notices and initiate prosecution in court. Penalties will be imposed and FIRs lodged against repeated defaulters.”
Of the 3,153 notices issued, BMC has initiated prosecution against 915 defaulters. A penalty of Rs 23.38 lakh has been imposed so far.
The BMC is trying to reduce the total waste sent everyday to the city’s dumping grounds to from nearly 7,500 metric tonnes to 6,000 metric tonnes by increasing the number of bulk generators.
The data also shows that a few wards are leading the way in processing wet waste. In the F North Ward (Matunga, Sion), over 91 per cent of bulk generators have complied with the new rules. “There are 45 bulk generators in F North, of which 41 have complied. In G South (Worli, Mahalaxmi) 67 out of 80 bulk generators have started processing waste, while in M East Ward (Govandi) 100 per cent of bulk generators have set up processing units,” said an official.