Pune: This Diwali, the conservancy workers cleaning the streets of Pune noticed a stark reduction in firecracker trash: burnt, half-burnt paper fillings and cartons of firecrackers. The sale of firecrackers was also less this year, which resulted in fewer people bursting crackers. The ‘festive’ trash had reduced by almost 50-60 per cent, said a conservancy worker.
Similarly, Suresh Jagtap, Joint Municipal Commissioner of Sanitation Department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) revealed that this year the firecracker trash collected was 60 per cent less. The number of half-burnt firecrackers was also less.
“Due to more awareness about not to burst firecrackers in the western part of the city including Sadashiv Peth, Narayan Peth, Karve Road, Warje, Ghole Road and some areas of Aundh, the trash of firecrackers was comparatively less than in prominent areas like Laxmi Road, Hadapsar, Aundh, Kothrud and Fergusson College Road,” Jagtap explained. Rajendra Tikde, Junior Engineer of Sanitation Department of the PMC, who also looks after conservancy department, said, “The conservancy staffers were at relief this Diwali as the trash of firecrackers were less on streets as compared to last year.”
According to data collected by the PCMC Sanitation Department, every year firecracker trash collected is 100 metric tonnes more than the regular trash, while this year the weight of additional trash has come down.
Sushil Malay, Sanitation Inspector of PCMC said, “There is no segregation of firecrackers trash, as the sweepers collect all the trash and put it in the garbage collection van. According to my observation, this year additional trash during Diwali was 30 to 35 per cent less.”
Malay added that every year due to the half-burnt crackers, the entire garbage dump catches fire. However this year, there were no such incidents at the depot.