According to reports, if everything goes according to plan, garbage will soon fetch money for families in the capital. The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) is mulling over creating five garbage collection centres in the city, where denizens can turn up with garbage.
The centres, proposed to be run by private parties, will gift the denizens either a sapling or pay a certain amount of money. “We have received some suggestions regarding this from a citizen group. Presently, the bulk of municipal solid wastes from the city is collected through four private agencies, who have engaged their men to collect the garbage. The agencies have been allotted wards, from where the wastes would be transported,” said BMC commissioner Sanjib Mishra.
For establishing garbage collection centres, we need to get suitable sites within the city. “Once the garbage collection centres are created, we will discuss with the agencies if they can receive the garbage from people in lieu of which they will pay something. If they express their willingness, we will go for it,” said the commissioner.
“The city generates various types of wastes, which are other than the normal municipal or hospital wastes. “If there could be five to six de-centralized drop-off points, where all residents can drop general household or garden waste, on any day of the week in segregated manner, it won’t be taxing for the agencies engaged for the task. Second, there would be less manpower for garbage collection. Therefore, this way the agency can get more profit margin, out of which, it can pay citizens, who come to the centres on their own for dumping their household wastes,” said urban planner Piyush Rout.
Citizens can come to the dumping centre with wastes like used motor oil, cans, metal, paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, electronic waste, builders’ rubble and polystyrene.
“Waste that is not recyclable or re-useable can then be transported to the landfill for disposal. Through the drop-off points, the city can easily handle thousands of tonnes of waste a year, without sending them to landfill sites. Drop-off points can also be a step towards the city’s first commitment of zero waste,” Rout added.
At present, Bhubaneswar generates about 400 tonnes of solid domestic waste per day out of which 300 tones are finally dumped at Bhuauani, the designated site for dumping the wastes. BMC has in the past five years closed many temporary transfer stations (waste dumping yards) following intervention of the high court, which has been monitoring the solid waste management since 2000.
BMC pays about Rs 460 per trip of garbage to the private party.