NRMC insists on source segregation, door to door collection and composting of solid waste

NRMC insists on source segregation, door to door collection and composting of solid waste

The Voice of Chandigarh News | Photo By T S Bedi

The National Green Tribunal has starting monitoring the implementation of provisions of Solid Waste Management (SWM) Rules, 2016 through 5 Regional Monitoring Committees (RMCs) across the country. The 1st meeting of Northern region monitoring committee (NRMC) was held under the Chairmanship of Rajwant Sandhu today in Punjab Municipal Bhawan, Chandigarh. Principal Secretaries of Urban Development Department and Member IPSecretaries of Pollution Control Boards from Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, NCT Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Union Territory of Chandigarh including the representative of CPCB participated in the meeting.

In the meeting, issues pertaining to the formulation of state policy of SWM as per SWM rules, 2016, strategy for its implementation and framing of SWM bylaws were discussed.   The focus of the meeting was to prepare the policy and strategy for the door to door collection, source segregation of waste, transportation of waste in a segregated manner to the processing unit and material recovery. Waste to compost and waste to wealth including promoting the idea of ‘my waste – my responsibility’ was discussed. The various issues like decentralised composting, materials recovery closest to its generation, on-site management of garden waste, leaves and horticulture waste, compliance of bulk waste generators duties, integration of rag pickers, garbage collectors and kabaddis etc. through formation of SHGs, training of municipal staff, preparation of behaviour change-awareness materials, remediation of dump sites, management of legacy waste and sharing of best practices were discussed in detail. Management of solid waste in rural areas and hilly terrains was also discussed. Besides this, user fee and the penalty for violators was also discussed.

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