East Delhi Municipal Corporation has decided to implement a zero waste management plan in Vasundhara Enclave and make it a model colony. The idea is to ensure that no dumping and littering is done in this residential locality. The civic body has roped in NGO Chintan for this purpose.
“The NGO has submitted an action plan and it has been approved. If our experiment in Vasundhara Enclave is successful, the plan will be replicated in Preet Vihar as well. It will create awareness among residents about how to segregate their day-to-day waste in separate bags. We will collect the segregated waste and take it to a material recovery facility,” said east corporation commissioner Mohanjeet Singh.
The civic body will provide manpower, equipment and land for setting up the facility. “From here, wet waste will go to compost pits and e-waste will be sent to a recycle centre. Ragpickers will be told to collect recyclable items from dry waste and the rest will go to the landfill site. It will not only reduce the load on the landfill site, but also make the colony garbage-free,” Singh added.
He further said that at present, waste is not usually segregated at source, which is why the new rules for solid waste management were not being implemented. “It is not possible to suddenly enforce a new rule on a large scale. That’s why we have chosen two colonies to start with. Based on the reviews, we will take it forward,” Singh maintained.
In Vasundhara Enclave, there are 46 housing societies with 5,522 households. The colony generates nearly 6 metric tonnes of waste on a daily basis, which comprises 40% dry waste and 60% wet garbage, according to a study by Chintan.
The NGO will also initiate an e-waste collection drive with the help of RWAs. Awareness programmes will be held to sensitise the residents about the importance of waste handling. “The east corporation will not bear any cost as we have to provide manpower, equipment and land for the project,” Singh said.
In east Delhi, around 2,800MT of waste is generated every day, of which around 2,500MT is dumped at the Ghazipur landfill site. “In the absence of any garbage segregation mechanism, a lot of methane is released at the landfill site, leading to fires on a regular basis. We have signed an agreement with GAIL to install a methane extractor at the site to trap the chemical and curb the incidence of fires. Developing a model colony is the first step to ensure scientific disposal of waste,” said Singh.