SMC to start segregation of waste at source from today

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Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) is all set to start segregation of waste at source in six municipal wards of the summer capital from today.
SMC chief sanitation officer issued an order on Tuesday asking concerned ward officers to implement the segregation of waste at source from 10 January.
“In compliance of orders of commissioner SMC under the guidelines of Swachh Bharat Mission, the segregation of wards is finally undertaken from tomorrow (10-01-2018) in the first instance,” reads the order a copy which lies with Greater Kashmir.
“Accordingly, you (ward officers) are hereby directed to implement the orders and mark the success of segregation at source by using all efforts together as discussed in the meeting held in the office of chief sanitation officer,” reads the order.
As per the order, the municipal wards where the segregation is taking place from today comprises ward numbers 1,2,22,24,30 and ward number 32. These wards are Brien Nishat, Lal Chowk, Dalgate, Karan Nagar, Bemina, Jawahar Nagar and Hyderpora. The SMC has 35 administrative wards.
On 7 January 2018, SMC had flagged off 50 hoppers to boost segregation of waste at source.
To make segregation efforts effective, these hoppers would be pressed in different municipal wards.
The order issued reads that ward number 1, 2 and 30 would get six hoppers each while five hoppers would be pressed in ward number 22, eleven hoppers in ward number 24 and 10 in ward number 32 respectively. 
SMC chief sanitation officer Muhammad Akbar Sofi told Greater Kashmir that SMC teams in each of these wards would be accompanied by volunteers.
“These volunteers would educate people about importance of segregation of waste at source. They will help them as how to make segregation of waste at homes,” he said. He added that the segregated waste would be lifted and disposed off in a scientific manner.
He added that these six municipal wards have been chosen as there are larger in size as compared to others. “Subsequently, the other wards would be also covered,” he added.
“When you segregate waste into two basic streams like organic (degradable) and inorganic (non-biodegradable), the waste generated can be easily recycled and reused with higher potential for recovery,” he informed.
As reported earlier, Solid Waste Management Rules stresses on disposing of bio-degradable and non-biodegradable waste in segregation. Under SWMR, segregation of waste at source has been declared important process as it is aimed to solve waste management problem.

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