Special Correspondent

Council adopts bylaws on solid waste management

Rs.2,000-fine for dumping waste at public places

Ward-level social audit system recommended

Thiruvananthapuram: The bylaws adopted by the City Corporation Council on Monday for the second phase of the Capital City Clean City programme prescribe hefty fines for shoddy handling and disposal of urban solid waste.

The laws classify solid waste into different categories like biodegradable and non biodegradable, hazardous, bio medical, construction debris and garden waste.

Fines prescribed

The fines prescribed for various offences under the bylaws range from Rs.100 for failure to segregate waste at source to Rs.10,000 for careless disposal of leather waste. Repeat offence on manufacture, sale and collection of banned plastic could go up to Rs.25,000. Dumping waste or construction debris at public places will invite a fine of Rs.2,000.

The prescribed fine for failure to remove a fallen tree from a public place within 12 hours is Rs.1,000, while that for rearing pets or animals in a manner causing danger or disturbance to others is Rs.500.

A fine of Rs.5,000 will be levied on those found mixing bio-medical waste with other garbage with a Rs.3,000 daily fine for repeat offence. The fine for careless burning of waste is Rs.1,000. Failure to pay the prescribed fee for garbage collection will invite a fine of Rs.250 while a repeat offence will cost the household Rs.500.

The bylaws have been framed with the objective of preventing waste accumulation at public places, ensuring segregation of waste at source and decentralising the solid waste management system with the participation of elected representatives, officials, social workers and voluntary agencies and the general public.

It also seeks to minimise the cost of collection and transportation of garbage and create awareness about keeping the city clean.

Source segregation

The bylaws require individuals and the general public to segregate waste at source and deposit them at designated places for collection.

Hospitals and other health care institutions, industrial units and residential apartments and colonies will have to set up independent garbage processing units while medical waste will have to be separately disposed of.

Apart from the Corporation Council, health standing committee and the Corporation-level committee on sanitation and health, the mechanism for implementation of the programme includes a technical support committee, ward- level panel on health and sanitation and ward-level implementation committee.

Monitoring mechanism

The multi-tier mechanism will also be responsible for monitoring the system.

The bylaws recommend a ward-level social audit system, dispute redressal committee and policing powers.

It also proposes a sanitation fund for implementation of the bylaws, creating public awareness and redressal of disputes.

The Corporation will be responsible for keeping the streets clean, removing garbage regularly using depots, storage bins and vehicles without causing difficulties to the public, collection of waste from houses and other places, preventing careless disposal, utilising the composting or landfill method, carrying out awareness campaigns.

It will also have to establish public comfort stations and control the use of plastic as well as monitor the waste handling and disposal system and collect user fee and fine.