A few residents who have been segregating their waste into just dry and wet said that they were not aware of the other kinds of waste

Though the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is promoting its waste segregation at source policy with gusto, not everyone is clued in on what they are supposed to be doing at the individual level.

While a section of citizens claimed that they had understood the BBMP’s ambitious plan, there are others who are not clear about their role as they were seemingly ill-informed about the categorisation of waste. The BBMP has classified waste into six categories — wet waste, dry waste, sanitary waste, garden waste, hazardous waste and inerts.

Vermin fears

Bindu Paul, a high school teacher and resident of Sundar Murthy Road in Cox Town, said: “I know I have to segregate wet and dry waste; but I don’t know what I should with the other categories.” She is also not sure about how regularly she has to dispose of the garbage. “The pourakarmikas have been saying the wet waste will be taken on alternative days. If waste is not cleared every day, it may attract vermin,” she feared.

Ms. Paul said that as waste is not collected regularly, people in her neighbourhood dump it the street corner. This pile is only cleared when the garbage truck comes to collect it.

Sukanya Shivaprasad, a homemaker and resident of Sahakarnagar near Kodigehalli, welcomed the BBMP’s initiative. However, she admitted that she was not completely aware about how to segregate waste.

Irregular collection

She also complained about the irregular collection of garbage from her street. “That apart, I am concerned about the accumulation of garden waste. This garden waste is usually burnt. To make this plan effective, the BBMP must ensure that garbage collection is regular,” she said.

Ms. Shivaprasad said that only strict enforcement, including levying fines, would ensure that the policy is successfully implemented. Citizens must cooperate with the BBMP in making the initiative a success.

Pourakarmikas’ role

Lalitha N., a resident of J.P. Nagar, said that though segregation seemed cumbersome, she was willing to give it a shot. “It is better for society if we all do our bit. However, the categories — and more importantly — what type of waste would go into each category has to be explained clearly. The pourakarmikas should be trained so that they can tell citizens how to go about it,” she said.

A few residents who have been segregating their waste into just dry and wet said that they were not aware of the other kinds of waste.

Madhusudhan K., a resident of Hanumanthanagar, is one among them. “There used to be a time when citizens would burn the waste or throw it out. It is good that the BBMP has taken this initiative. Better late than never,” he said.