Garbage segregation plan in a mess

BBMP Commissioner Siddaiah had launched GSS on the Palike premises on November 12 with pomp and show. On the insistence of SWMRT, six garbage bins were installed at the BBMP head office for segregation purposes. These bins were categorised for plastic covers, plastic bottles, plastic cups, papers, thermocol and cardboard. Siddaiah called it a major step by the BBMP for others to emulate. However, on Friday, leftover food was dumped in the plastic cover bin while the paper bin had turned into a container of plastic covers, bottles and plastic cups.

Pourakarmikas engaged in segregating garbage complained that a samosa vendor had dumped the unsold food items in the garbage bin. “It has become very difficult for us to segregate garbage due to the negligent behaviour of some people. They do not realise what hardship we face due to their carelessness,” said a pourakarmikas.

Reacting to Friday’s incident, Dr Meenakshi Bharath of SWMRT said this was the second such incident in a week. She blamed the canteen owner for the mess.

“On Thursday, the canteen owner dumped leftover food in the bin meant for plastic bottles. Next morning, I instructed him not to repeat the act. Many people in the BBMP are not aware of the concept,” she said.

She now plans to put up boards highlighting the importance of garbage segregation.

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