In a bid to keep the city neat and clean, the federation of apartment owners’ association (FedAOA) along with over a dozen of high-rise residential apartments across Noida have decided to comply with the municipal solid waste management rules 2016.
In this regard, the old practice of mixing wet and dry waste at their respective places has been shunned as source segregation of wet waste has been adopted. Besides, private agencies have been roped in to process this to make it environment-friendly.
Rajiva Singh, president of FedAoA told City Spidey, “The rule was passed three years ago but the purpose was constantly getting defeated due to people’s behaviour. Residents were not ready to change old method of waste disposal as there was lack of awareness regarding adverse impact on water and environment, in general. But now, their mindset is gradually changing as several societies have started source segregation of wet waste.”
Singh said the federation with the assistance from Noida Development Authority has been conducting workshops for educating individual residents from each residential society in the city. During the workshop, they are explained how mixing of wet and dry waste and later dumping it in an open ground has been polluting air and water. Further, they are motivated to contribute for a clean environment by segregating wet, dry waste and disposing it.
“More than 63 workshops have been organised at different societies. As a result, 13 apartments from two sectors – 50 and 62, have begun the source segregation work. Around 500 kg of segregated waste is being collected every day as the private agencies hired to carry out the process hold the responsibility to dispose off it at the designated site,” Rajiva Singh said.
The 13 societies are Kailash Dham, Overseas Apartments, Omax Towers, Windsor Greens, Silver Estate, Shiv Kala, Gardenia Grace, Marvel Homes, HCL Tower, Steller Kings Court, Mecon apartment, Palm Groves and ATS 1.
Singh further added the federation will continue this initiative as it wants to make Noida a ‘clean city’.
“We have written to the Noida Development Authority demanding parcel of land for setting up two composting machines. It is required as waste collected from different locations or sectors can be disposed off in or around that sector only," FedAOA chief concluded.