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Updated: September 16, 2012 10:30 IST

BBMP gets down to dirty business

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The BBMP has thus issued a public notice to educate citizens about segregation, classifying waste in six different categories

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has issued a public notice asking citizens to segregate the waste they generate from October and has issued guidelines.

Exercising powers under Sections 256 and 260 of the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976, a communiqué here on Saturday said come October, citizens would have to fall in line and segregate waste as per the BBMP’s directive or pay a penalty. The BBMP has thus issued a public notice to educate citizens about segregation, classifying waste in six different categories: wet waste, dry waste, garden waste, inerts, sanitary wastes and household hazardous waste.

On their premises

The segregated waste should be kept within their premises for authorised persons to collect it at the designated time. No waste of any kind should be deposited/dumped in public places or vacant sites. Wet waste, which should not be mixed with any other waste, should be handed over daily to collectors at specified times either at the gate or on the premises. In case of narrow and unapproachable premises, it will be collected at the nearest common access point.

No plastic bags

Bin collectors will dump the wet waste directly into the bins or vehicles brought by the waste collectors. Citizens should not hand wet waste in plastic or non-biodegradable bags.

“If it is dumped in plastic bags, the collectors have been instructed to refuse to accept it and insist that the citizens hand it over after removing it from the plastic bag,” the communiqué added.

Citizens should retain dry waste within their premises and hand it over to collectors on specified days of the week that will be intimated ward-wise soon. Or else, they can drop off the dry waste at authorised collection centres. Likewise with garden waste.

Pay for inerts

Inerts will be collected on request against charges. Inerts, especially construction and demolition debris, lying uncleared for over a month, will be removed by the BBMP during monthly ward-wise cleaning drives and the cost will be recovered along with property tax from the occupier/owner of the site.

Sanitary waste may be handed over along with daily wet waste. However, it must be wrapped in newspapers and marked with a red cross. People should keep household hazardous waste with them till collection on specified dates or deposit it at the designated collection points that will be intimated from time to time.

On the outset,I would like to applaud the BBMP commissioner for
educating public about definitions of waste. However,(2)Para in the
notice puts whole responsibility on “occupiers”,than the ‘civic
agency’.Promises like “BBMP provides for daily collection, authorized
collectors coming to collect waste, with different schedules is too
complicated for public to follow&more complicated for BBMP to manage in
its true spirit as mentioned.Practically every household,business will
have to have a calendar devised for this to be followed, what happens
if BBMP & its staff don’t follow these schedules for collection? Will
the BBMP establish “local dry waste collection centers”,“specified
parks for decomposting”,“designated HHW collection points”,& vigilance
squad to fine the offenders round the clock? People dump waste in
vacant sites during the night hrs,how BBMP will keep tab on such
offenders.Also, will BBMP set up the proposed collection centers, parks
for decomposting, etc before 1.10.2012?

from:  Mohamed Hasnuddin
Posted on: Sep 17, 2012 at 15:20 IST
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