CCP to involve citizens in wet waste management

Panaji: The Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) is
considering adopting a decentralised approach for waste management using
economically feasible and proven technologies followed with mass awareness
towards safe disposal of waste to implement solid waste management rules in
compliance with the directive of National Green Tribunal.

However, the CCP is yet to formulate an action plan,
which is at the planning stage, for execution and enactment of the solid waste
management rules.

The Corporation is now looking at investing in
decentralised, cost-effective systems that support segregation and safe
disposal of wet waste and also push for lasting behavioural change by involving
local community groups and partnering with non-profit organisations to raise
awareness on the importance of zero waste.

Decentralisation approach means creating a clean hygienic
environment free of garbage in the city, minimising waste disposal, utilising
waste as a resource for the generation of wealth, converting biodegradable
waste into compost, educating the community and making citizens aware of their
roles and responsibilities to involve community in solid waste management.

According to a CCP official, the action plan, which is
yet to be formulated, will also include provision for providing adequate
training and hands-on experiments to enable the staff to identify bottlenecks
at the implementation level and take appropriate action.

Panaji has been recently notified as a model city
following the NGT direction in April this year asking the state government to
designate at least three major towns or cities in the state and at least three
panchayats in each district as ‘model’ towns and make them fully compliant
within next six months with regard to implementation of the Solid Waste
Management Rules, 2016, and Plastic Waste Management Rules.

Lack of awareness, inappropriate technical knowledge,
inadequate funding, unaccountability, poor implementation of legislation and
policies are the major reasons for the failure of waste management in the
capital city.

The CCP will be investing in viable decentralised
composting technologies and make it mandatory to be installed by housing colonies,
societies and bungalows after providing proper training and supplying
machineries at subsidised rate to reduce the load on CCP for collection and
transportation of wet waste. This will subsequently culminate in the reduction
of pressure exerted on the composting plant at Patto.

The organic waste management facility opposite Heera
petrol pump at Patto is presently processing over 20 tonne of wet waste per day
which is four times more than its handling capacity.

“We need to make waste management, just like brushing our
teeth, a daily ritual, a necessary habit, which will be our major focus
strategy in the action plan. We want to adopt decentralised approach by
learning economically feasible and proven technologies of processing wet waste
and share the same with residents on subsidised rate,” the CCP official said.

The Goa Waste Management Corporation has also planned
installation of bio-digester having capacity of 100 TPD (tonne per day) at
Bainguinim, which will also help the capital city dispose of the wet waste.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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