The residents, however, feel that even if they follow the waste segregation method at their end the corporation is not equipped to dispose it accordingly.
Concentrating on the need for garbage segregation, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has asked the RWAs and management of residential societies in Sectors 22 and 23 to put waste into two separate bins before it is collected by the corporation staff.
In a circular issued on November 1, the SDMC had said that the segregate of waste is the responsibility of RWAs and management.
“It will now be mandatory for the residents to segregate waste properly. From December onwards, strict action would be taken against those flouting the norms,” said an official from SDMC on the condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile, the RWAs say they have been following the segregation method for some time now, however, it is the SDMC that has failed in disposing of the garbage in the two categories.
SP Langar, president of Green Tower Apartments, said, “We are segregating the waste at our end but the corporation truck mixes it back before lifting. They need to work on improving their system to impose any such law.”
Jyoti Prasad, president of Sadbhavna Apartments in Sector 23, added that waste management doesn’t end at just segregation of the waste, the corporation needs to properly manage it afterwards.
A group of volunteers from different societies are busy these days meeting various RWA members and making them aware of the benefits and ways of waste segregation.
General secretary of Sukh Dukh Ke Sathi and a resident of New Kanchanjunga Apartments in Sector 23, DC Mathur said, “We have been making people aware on the issue. But it would still take some time before all the RWAs and managements could adopt it.”
SDMC officials said that they are prepared to develop the two sectors in the sub city as “model sectors” in waste management. According to the officials, 55 composting pits have been constructed for kitchen waste composting.