8 pvt firms ready to dispose of garbage

Eight private firms have come forward to scientifically dispose of garbage generated in the City, Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) commissioner Rajneesh Goel said on Tuesday.

A Japanese firm too has expressed interest to help the civic agency deal with the humungous garbage problem through its waste-to-energy models, Goel said during a meeting with the representatives of Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs) and voluntary organisations who suggested ways to dispose of solid waste management scientifically.
 The firm has set up about 175 such plants across the globe.

If it succeeds in Bangalore, too, it would generate power and use it to light up the City streets. All that the firm requires is 12 acres of land to run its computerised waste-to-energy plant, he said.

Four firms have shown interest to generate gas, oil and manure at the existing landfills. Mayor D Venkatesh Murth was also present at the meeting, which discussed segregation of rubbish at source, dry waste collection centre, status of landfills and other environmental issues.

Goel agreed that the landfills were not run in a scientific manner. He pointed out that a landfill at Mavallipura incurred the wrath of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, ordering its closure.

He, however, was critical of the KSPCB for not monitoring the irregularities at the landfills. He even blamed the BBMP for the mess.

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