The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has decided to collect only segregated waste from societies May 1 onwards. It has issued an e-mail circular to this effect to Dwarka Forum.
Umed Singh, executive engineer (EMS), SDMC, said, “The segregation will be done by the RWAs and society residents. SDMC will collect this waste from society gates. We will meet the RWAs and the society management committees to make them aware about this initiative. We have already met Dwarka Forum and many of the RWAs in the area. Now making this initiative successful is in the hands of the society. We will support them with the system we have in place.”
The circular sent by SDMC to Dwarka Forum states that garbage segregation and storage should be done in three separate streams — bio-degradable, non-biodegradable and domestic hazardous waste. This should be handed over to authorised garbage collectors. Kitchen waste will be collected every day and dry waste every three days. Besides segregation, the circular had instructions on how to securely wrap waste such as diapers and sanitary pads before throwing them in the bin. It also mentioned that horticultural and construction waste should be disposed of as per SDMC instructions; and talked about how compost for neighbourhood parks could be made from kitchen waste. The latter, it said, would be distributed to society residents.
Rejimon CK, former president of Dwarka Forum and a resident of Nav Sansad Vihar, Sector 22, said, “This idea was conceptualised in 2000 by SDMC, Dwarka Forum and IIT Delhi, and is now being executed. We have received the SDMC circular and have sent it via e-mail to various societies in Dwarka. This will help bring an overall change in the system and also help societies maintain hygiene and sanitation. It will be safe for garbage collectors as well, as they won't have to come in contact with harmful waste. So this is a comprehensive and well-thought-out initiative, which needs community participation.”
Shashi Tomer, councillor of Ward 135, said, “Waste segregation should be made mandatory for societies. To sensitise people, a team has been formed and area sanitary inspectors have been made responsible to see that people understand and follow the procedure. They will distribute circulars and educate the people on the concept.”
Advocate KS Bhati, president of Ganpati Apartments and president of Federation of RWAs (FORWA), said, “This is a great initiative to make Dwarka clean and green. We will extend all the support we can to it. I welcome such programmes and congratulate SDMC for implementing this in Dwarka.”
Col Dr JN Pandey, vice-president of Ashadeep Society, Sector 2, said, “The idea deserves appreciation. But it is difficult to execute the concept unless the entire system is involved. Initially, I feel SDMC should provide bins and other utilities. They should also make the community aware of the concept. Complete involvement of the SDMC staff is necessary if this initiative is to be made a success.”
This, indeed, is a great initiative by SDMC. Now it is up to the societies to do their bit — and we have every hope that they will.