Billed as Asia’s largest landfill at Ghazipur is known for its height. With freshly procured garbage adding up to the exiting pile the landfill is still growing taller by the day causing a lot of inconvenience to the people living in the vicinity.
To address the problem, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has installed a waste segregation machine at the site which is working on 24X7. The segregated waste will be used to generate electricity.
Under the three-month long project, the garbage is being segregated in three parts. Plastic materials, bio waste (household garbage like vegetable waste) and construction debris.
After inaugurating the project, local MP Gautam Gambhir said, “One machine is not enough to segregate all the waste deposited at the landfill site. This way, the machine will take 12 years to complete the task. We will be needing more machines to clear the trash at the landfill site.”
A senior officer from EDMC, Anju Kamalkant, said, “If we use ten machines, we can reduce the height of the landfill site.”
So far, the machine has been able to segregate 640 metric ton of waste on a daily basis.
In a study conducted by ICMR (Indian council of Medical Research), it was found that people living in radius of one to three km from the landfill are prone to many diseases. The EDMC has set a target of two to three years to complete the task. It will need more machines to segregate waste.