BENGALURU, INDIA: Beginning from January 1 2020, mixed waste will not be lifted from the doorsteps of Bengalureans, the The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, (BBMP) has announced.
The new deadline comes in the wake of several failed attempts by the civic body to ensure complete segregation of waste at source.
The civic body has been spreading awareness about waste segregation but has never enforced it seriously, solid waste management activists have alleged.
We have informed all waste collectors, joint health inspectors and marshals to penalise anyone who is not segregating waste at source , a senior BBMP official confirmed on Sunday.
Only 20 out of every 100 households in the city are segregating waste at source, while the rest continue to hand over mixed waste which is landing either in blackspots across the city or landfills and this needs to stop, the official said.
Speaking to TOI, Randeep said unless ground officials educate, insist and penalise those not falling in line, citizens will not take waste segregation seriously.
“Sorting at source is a must and secondary segregation will not be allowed anymore. This is a part of the draft SWM rules,” he said.
“We will be focusing on at least three-four wards every week to enforce segregation and involve ward committee members, RWAs, Shuchi Mitras, among others in the task,” Randeep said. BBMP has already held several meetings with contractors, officials and marshals about penalising defaulters, he added.
Welcoming the BBMP move, Subramanya Rao, a resident of Jayanagar, said: “The penalty should increase from Rs 500, else people won’t take it seriously.”
Kanchana R, a resident of Indiranagar, said an increase in fine amount will ensure everyone segregates waste. “Individual households are the biggest defaulters when it comes to waste segregation in the city,” she said.
Asked about the possibility of increasing the penalty, Randeep said it would be increased once the rules are finalised. “A first-time defaulter would be penalised Rs 500 and then Rs 1,000. If they continue to do so, then we will stop collecting waste from their home,” he added.
Source: Times of India