Segregation of waste at source launched


Launching its initiative to collect segregated waste at source, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Wednesday collected 70 metric tons of waste from different areas of the summer capital. 
The segregated garbage was collected from the six municipal wards. Upto 350 metric tons of garbage is generated daily in Srinagar in winters while in summer the quantity of garbage goes upto 550 metric tons per day.
The hoppers were pressed into service in these six wards which are designed to collect waste in a segregated manner.
Out of 35 administrative wards, the segregation of waste at source was initiated in six municipal wards. These wards are Brien Nishat, Lal Chowk-Dalgate, Karan Nagar, Bemina, Jawahar Nagar and Hyderpora.
The SMC teams accompanied by trained volunteers went door to door in these wards to educate people. They asked people to keep two colour-coded dustbins; one for biodegradable and another for non- biodegradable waste.
SMC chief sanitation officer Muhammad Akbar Bhat said that “it is one of the major steps to develop Srinagar into a Smart City.”
“The volunteers accompanying SMC teams in these six wards educated the people about segregation and its importance. There was positive response and it gives satisfaction that people are ready to adopt the most needed methods for collection and decomposition of waste. We collected approximately seventy metric tons of segregated waste in all these six wards,” he added.
“It is an initiative for bright future. We can say in the form of today’s development, we have taken the step towards to our safe future,” he said.
SMC commissioner Riyaz Ahmad Wani said that presently door-to-door collection is going on in all areas falling under the domain of municipal limits. “We had initiated door to door collection earlier. Now, the segregation of waste at source has been started in six municipal wards. Presently around seventy to eighty percent of garbage is collected through door to door collection in municipality limits,” he informed.
He said that the garbage collected from other wards where segregation at source is yet to be started will be covered under the scheme shortly.
“We have installed mechanical segregator machine at landfill site at Achan around three months ago. The non-segregated waste collected from other wards is segregated here and decomposed scientifically,” he said.
He added that SWMR-2016 lays special emphasis on source segregation of waste that mandates to channelize the waste to wealth by recovery, reuse and recycle.
“We have initiated a process for better future. I reiterate appeal to general public for their cooperation for all measure those are being taken to make the summer capital as smart city,” he said.

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