Waste processing units to be set up by hotels’ association

Though the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is struggling to get a grip on solid waste management, it is attempting to get bulk generators to process the waste they generate. The civic authority is now considering leasing five acres of land each in three or four places in the city to the Bruhat Bangalore Hotels’ Association to set up processing units.

According to estimates, bulk generators, which include hotels and marriage halls, generate around 1,000 tonnes of garbage a day. By getting them to process the waste themselves, the BBMP contends that the pressure on the landfills will come down, albeit by a small extent.

Firms interested

BBMP sources said several rounds of discussions had taken place with the bulk generators. After the BBMP fixed the responsibility of processing the waste they generate on the bulk generators, several firms are learnt to have approached them offering solutions.

“The association was willing to spend around 50 paise to 75 paise to process a kg of garbage. However, the agencies that came forward wanted more. The BBMP intervened and got the association to agree to spending 90 paise a kg. One agency has evinced interest; it is now up to the association to negotiate with the agency, fix the conditions and come to an agreement,” a source said.

On the outskirts

Another highly placed source told The Hindu that the association wanted land in different directions of the city. The BBMP has tentatively identified land in Anjanapura, Chikkanagamangala, Kudlu and Bidadi. “The association will be responsible for setting up the processing plants. The BBMP will continue to have primary ownership over the land and will only lease it to the association.”

The source added that the association would also be responsible for collecting, transporting and processing the waste.

Last month, the hotels’ association had committed itself to joining hands with the BBMP to solve the garbage crisis that had overwhelmed the city not too long ago.

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