Remember to segregate your household waste before giving it to the municipal corporation staff from April 1, 2017.
According to a senior official at a municipal corporation, Delhi corporations are all set to implement the National Green Tribunal’s recent order to impose fines on those failing to segregate waste at the source. The fine would be applicable to residents, RWAs and housing societies.
“All steps are being taken under the new solid waste management law formulated by the Centre. Civic bodies have been asked to set up their own bye-laws and proceed accordingly. This means each municipal corporation will formulate its own plan under the new rules. The corporations are free to impose fine on its own,” said Yogender Singh Mann, director of press in North and East Delhi municipal corporations.
The NGT had also ruled that any person found disposing garbage in a public place would be fined Rs 10,000 and had asked the city’s municipal corporations to ensure that waste is collected, transported and disposed of in accordance with Solid Waste Management (SWM) Rules, 2016.
In April, 2016, the Union Ministry of Environment eliminated the existing Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules, 2000, and notified the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016. As per the new SWM rules, all waste generators have to segregate and store waste in three separate bins — biodegradable, non- biodegradable and domestic hazardous wastes — and hand over the segregated waste to waste collectors.
Municipal corporation officials feel that the NGT order would help enforce sanitation rules. Shyam Sharma, SDMC mayor, said, “We were already working on implementing the SWM Rules, 2016. The NGT order has provided fresh impetus by imposing fines on violators.”
Meanwhile, to make residents aware of the new SWM rules, civic bodies have decided to reach out to residents. They have tied up with different NGOs to organise awareness camps in residential societies.