Soon, households must compost wet waste

Palike plans to reduce burden on waste plants; violators likely to be fined

Soon, households must compost wet waste

Every household may have to compost the wet waste generated by it as the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is planning to make it mandatory. The civic agency has already mandated segregation of waste at source.

Subodh Yadav, the BBMP’s Special Commissioner for Solid Waste Management (SWM), said higher officials, including Palike commissioner G Kumar Naik had approved the plan.

“We are chalking out a strategy on its implementation. We are yet to decide on aspects like awareness programme, penalty and including apartments in the programme,” Yadav said.
The plan is to make residents responsible and reduce the burden on the waste-processing plants, a source in the Palike said. The BBMP also plans to set up composters in every ward for processing of wet waste. Yadav said they were identifying wards which had facilities to instal composters.

Under the Palike’s present SWM plan, apartments with 10 housing units or more should instal composting units to process the wet waste.

N S Ramakanth of the BBMP’s Solid Waste Management Round Table (SWMRT) said composting was a great way to achieve a cleaner environment. The SWMRT has been conducting awareness programmes on composting and segregation of waste for the last two weeks under the banner ‘Swachh Griha’, he said.

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