MCH plans campaign on segregation of waste

HYDERABAD, NOV. 29. The Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad is planning to take up a campaign to educate citizens on segregating household solid waste into biodegradable and non-biodegradable in select residential colonies and business associations.

Based on the Supreme Court guidelines, the campaign is to sensitise householders on keeping separate bins for recyclable and biodegradable waste. A tricycle garbage collector will collect the biodegradable waste everyday and dump it.

Recyclable garbage is to be collected twice or thrice a week in the afternoons. It can be disposed of by residential welfare associations to meet the wages of the garbage collector. Welfare associations can use biodegradable waste for vermi-composting in their colonies after approval from the Corporation, according to the Additional Commissioner of Health and Sanitation, G. Malsur.

Toxic waste

Paper, plastic, bottles, glass and the likes fall under recyclable category while kitchen waste, food, etc., are biodegradable. The non-biodegradable category also includes old medicines, paints, chemicals, bulbs, spray cans, fertiliser, batteries, shoe polish and the likes categorised as domestic toxic waste.

Storage bins of biodegradable waste are to be painted green, those for recyclable waste white and other waste bins will be in black.

There is a proposal to ban manual handling of the waste and if unavoidable, precautions are to be taken for the workers' safety.

The Corporation currently covers 22 per cent of householders, 600 colonies and 250 slums under garbage clearance by the tricycle programme. One tricycle (for about 150 houses) is given free to any association interested in taking up the programme. The second time the cost is subsidised.

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