In a major relief to commercial establishments which generate large amount of dry waste, the Mysuru City Corporation has set up ‘dry waste collection and disposal centres’ in 47 wards across the city exclusively to collect dry waste generated from households and commercial establishments.
These centres would function from 6 am to 2 pm and the move is expected to stop indiscriminate dumping of waste at vacant sites in a city that has won the Cleanest City position in the Swachh Bharat Mission.
About 402 tonnes of waste is generated every day in city and so far both the dry and wet waste were mixed and dumped at waste management plants. Henceforth, segregated dry waste would be sent for recycling and with processing of wet waste, quality pure manure will be produced.
The waste generated can be directly handed over to the centre by the residents or commercial establishments or through pourakarmikas. This move is expected to streamline waste collection and reduce the burden on solid waste management plant at Vidyaranyapuram.
Mayor B L Bhyrappa said that the centres have been constructed at the cost of Rs 1 lakh each and is equipped to take in solid waste. More centres would be opened seeing the response at strategic centres and where more waste is expected to be generated.
“We hope plastic bottles, waste clothes and other household waste, commercial packing materials would be deposited in these centres and people will stop throwing them in the open. Pourakarmikas and scrap collectors would collect the waste and segregate them accordingly and deposit at these dry waster centres. Clothes, plastic including milk covers, paper, wood pieces, hairs, metal items, tablet strips, and several other materials can be handed over to the dry waste centres,” he added.
Emphasising the benefits of such centres, MCC Environment Officer Girijamma said that dry waste is generated more in commercial establishments. Out of 402 tonne waste generated in the city every day, 40 per cent is dry waste. More than 25 per cent of dry waste could be recycled and landfills could be reduced. The advantage of dry waste centre is waste can be treated at source and transportation charges would come down, she said.
“Without a proper channel to dispose dry waste we were mixing it with the wet waste and handing over to pourakarmikas. Henceforth, we can directly handover in the centre,” said Prashanth, the owner of commercial establishment in Kuvempunagar.