BBMP to collect only segregated waste from September 1

Pourakarmikas collecting garbage from a house at Banashankari.   | Photo Credit: Bhagya Prakash K

From September 1, only wet waste will be picked up during door-to-door collection every day while dry waste will be collected twice a week. Mixed waste will not be accepted, and steep fines will be levied on households and apartments that fail to abide by the rules.

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner N. Manjunath Prasad laid down the rules at a press conference on Thursday where he unveiled a roadmap for solid waste management.

The civic body has set itself high targets, and aims to achieve 100% door-to-door collection and 90% segregation levels across Bengaluru by September 2019. Under the new garbage tenders that are likely to be finalised soon, contractors can pick up only segregated wet waste while ragpickers will be given the responsibility of collecting dry waste twice a week.

Through 100% processing of waste, and encouraging decentralised and in situ processing, the BBMP hopes to ensure that the amount of detritus sent to landfills is minimised to 13-15%. It aims to improving visual cleanliness with zero tolerance for garbage black spots and plastic usage.

However, citizens and experts remain sceptical about the enforcement and implementation of the plan. They questioned how the BBMP proposes to improve segregation levels that are currently around 35%.

Officials are of the view that imposing fines on errant citizens will help bring about a sense of civic responsibility.

Proposal to increase SWM cess

The BBMP is proposing to increase the fines by five times, apart from increasing the SWM cess to 15% of property tax from the existing 3%.

“The increase in fines will be included in the SWM by-laws. The draft has been prepared and will be placed before the committee chaired by the Mayor,” said Mr. Prasad.

He pointed out that the BBMP is spending nearly ₹1,000 crore on SWM annually. “We get just around ₹53 crore from SWM cess. The proposal to hike the cess will be placed before the BBMP council,” he added.

Civic officials are confident that the roadmap will go a long way in reducing Bengaluru’s problems.

“If these measures, and the conditions specified in the tender are implemented, the city will wear a new look. The ranking under Swachch Bharath is also likely to improve,” Mr. Prasad added.

Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun urged citizens to cooperate with the BBMP and segregate waste at source. Opposition Leader Padmanabha Reddy said the onus is on civic officials to ensure compliance by contractors and citizens.

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