Dispose garbage in-house, PMC tells bulk generators

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Dyaneshwar Molak said, “There are 545 societies, of which 260 were following this rule while remaining were not. We have issued them notice, and if they fail to fall in line, PMC will either stop taking their wet garbage or they will be fined.”

PUNE: The Solid Waste Management Department of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has sent notices to all the bulk generators (producing 100 kg per day or more wet garbage) to start composting the garbage.

According to the notice, if the bulk generators - mainly housing societies, hotels and hospitals - fail to follow the directive, the PMC will either stop collecting their wet garbage or they will be fined.

The notice was sent on Monday, and action is expected from bulk generators within eight days.

As per the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, bulk generators need to compost the wet garbage within their premises.

Dyaneshwar Molak, head of PMC's Solid Waste Department, said, “There are 545 societies, of which 260 were following this rule while remaining were not. We have issued them notice, and if they fail to fall in line, PMC will either stop taking their wet garbage or they will be fined.”

He added, “All the bulk generators need to act within the mentioned deadline of eight days."

A fine of Rs 5,000 (for first offence), Rs 10,000 (for second offence) and Rs 15,000 (for the third offence) will be levied.

Sheila Christian, Vice-President of National Society for Clean City, and resident of Kalyani Nagar, said, “Segregation at source and disposing wet garbage in-house is an old rule and I am glad that the PMC has taken this decision. I hope this gets implemented successfully. It is high time everyone starts following this rule.”

Arun Veer, a resident of Green Valley in Wanowrie, said, “We started our wet garbage disposal since 2014 and are really happy with that. We have 200 flats in our society and we have a machine to produce compost from wet garbage."

He added that his society implemented the rule after the first time they got the notice five years ago, and hoped everyone follows suit.

RULES FOR 100 KG AND ABOVE
As per the PMC notice, all the societies, bungalows, hospitals, nursing homes, colleges, schools, hotels, marriage halls, Central and State government offices, stadiums, etc, where wet garbage of 100 kg per day or more is generated, are required to dispose it via vermicompost pits, biomethanisation or any mechanical disposal inside the premises.

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