Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has decided to decentralise solid waste management by installing waste treatment plant in societies and involving residents in the process.
MCG is willing to allocate small plots measuring 500 to 1,000 square yards across Gurgaon societies, where waste-management plants could be set up to convert kitchen and garden waste to compost. Rest of the solid waste will either be recycled, incinerated or used for landfill. This would also cut down on the cost of transporting waste from various parts of the city to a central unit.
For its first phase, MCG has zeroed in on eight condominiums, where it will instal household waste-treatment plants as a case study. The corporation will bear all the expenses for the project. The civic agency will implement the plants in all residential societies if found successful.
MCG Commissioner TL Satya Prakash told City Spidey, "We haven't prepared a cost estimate yet but installing localised waste-treatment units will be economical."
"With the help of residents, we can develop a system wherein sanitation workers will collect waste from only those households that segregate their kitchen waste," said another official. "This will ensure all residents play their part."
In Gurgaon, residents of Hamilton Court and Regency Park II have already started segregating their wastes.
"We first aim to train domestic helps working in the society, then educate and raise awareness about the benefits of waste segregation among residents, who can spread the word to others," said Shrikant Trivedi, a resident of Regency Park II.
Sarvesh Sinha, who works with MCG as a volunteer for implementation of waste segregation, told City Spidey that while some condominiums had already set up their own plants, there were plans to set up plants in nine more. "Successful implementation of this programme will encourage other societies adapt to it," added Sinha.