Garbage segregation to be mandatory soon

H.S. Narasimha Kumar
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Davangere corporation to buy 180 pushcarts for collection

HEALTH HAZARD:B. Bhimappa, Commissioner of the city corporation, inspecting a spot where garbage has been dumped in Davangere.
HEALTH HAZARD:B. Bhimappa, Commissioner of the city corporation, inspecting a spot where garbage has been dumped in Davangere.

The Davangere City Corporation has decided to soon make it mandatory for people to segregate garbage before handing it over to municipal workers.

The city corporation has also decided to collect organic garbage such as food and vegetable waste every day and dry and recyclable garbage once in two or three days.

B. Bhimappa, Commissioner of the corporation, told The Hindu here on Thursday that wet waste would be converted into organic manure and supplied to farmers while other waste materials such as paper, plastic and metal would be recycled. The non-recyclable material would be sent to a landfill. An action plan would soon be drawn up for distribution of organic manure among farmers, he said. Mr. Bhimappa said that over 180 pushcarts would be purchased within a week and people, including shopkeepers, would have to segregate and hand over garbage to collectors. Collection of garbage had been outsourced in many of the 41 wards in the city, while in a few wards the task had been assigned to self-help groups (SHGs).

In some places, people were already segregating garbage. However, the SHGs and others would be instructed to ensure that only segregated garbage was collected, he said.

The population of Davangere was more than five lakh about 160 tonnes of garbage was being collected every day. At present, about 80 per cent of this huge quantity was being dumped in open land on the city’s outskirts. Hospitals, which produced a huge quantity of medical waste, had their own system of disposal, Mr. Bhimappa said.

He said that the 635 pourakarmikas would be involved in garbage collection and disposal. He said that preparations were on for setting up an organic manure production unit. Officials had been instructed to go to all houses and business establishments during the morning hours and educate people on segregation of garbage. Engineers had been directed to monitor the system and to ensure that the garbage was collected and disposed of on a daily basis, he said.

  • Wet waste to be converted into organic manure and distributed among farmers

  • Solid waste such as paper, plastic and metal

    to be recycled




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