KSPCB to pick up hazardous waste from industries

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The waste collected from units will be disposed of in an incinerator

WASTE MANAGEMENT:The Peenya Industrial Area is one of the most polluted in the city.— FILE PHOTO: K. GOPINATHAN
WASTE MANAGEMENT:The Peenya Industrial Area is one of the most polluted in the city.— FILE PHOTO: K. GOPINATHAN

The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has launched door-to-door collection of hazardous waste from industrial units in the city.

Launching the programme at Peenya Industries’ Association here recently, KSPCB chairperson Vaman Acharya said the initiative seeks to help dispose of hazardous waste from industries more systematically. He told presspersons that as many as 221 industries of the 1,521 in the Peenya industrial complex generate hazardous waste.

The waste collected in this drive will be treated technically in an incinerator to curtail air pollution.

Small units

Mr. Acharya said it was important for the industries, particularly the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), which were throwing around waste indiscriminately, be made aware of the pollution generated by them. The MSMEs, which also come under the Peenya Industrial area, have also been instructed to hand over the waste to the KSPCB.

Since they operate in restricted spaces, they don’t have a proper facility to store the hazardous waste such as used oil from engines, cotton waste and material soaked in oil, waste coolants and so on.

Mr. Acharya announced industries that generate chromium chemicals will not be allowed to renew their licences.

Joint initiative

The waste collection initiative, being executed jointly by the KSPCB, the Peenya Industries Association, Arun Industries (an oil reprocessing unit) and Bangalore Incinerators Private Ltd., will help clear hazardous waste along with the general municipal waste so as to reduce the burden on the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) dumping sites.

Mr. Acharya said the KSPCB may file a criminal case against Mallige Hospital for ignoring waste segregation guidelines.

He said the board plans to make the industrial inspection procedure more transparent.

Once the licence fee has been collected and documentation verified, the licence will be renewed automatically and the inspection will follow subsequently.

However, if violations are observed even after two warnings, the licence will not be renewed.




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