Source segregation of waste in process at Rangpo

Gangtok, 05 Dec:

A daylong sensitization programme on the theme, “Source Segregation,” was organized by Rangpo Nagar Panchayat as a part of its Information Education Communication [IEC] activities in coordination with Swachh Bharat Mission [Urban] at Mandi Bazar Municipal Ward in Rangpo on 28 Nov, a press release informs.

The area MLA attended the function as chief guest accompanied by Councilors, Municipal Executive Officer, Station Head Officer, staff of Rangpo Nagar Panchayat and the public of respective wards of Rangpo.

Project Coordinator, State Mission Directorate, Swachh Bharat Mission [Urban], UD&HD, Ajit Basnett, was present as the resource person and stressed upon the initiative of the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs [MoHUA] which has mandated compulsory Source Segregation with effect from 05 June 2017 [World Environment Day].

He briefed the programme about the importance of composting bio-degradable waste [kitchen/ wet waste] at source by adopting the concept of Smart Bin technology and also detailed the procedures/ protocol for achieving Open Defecation Free status.

Additionally, Municipal Executive Officer, during his session, announced that from 01 Nov this year, all Municipal wards under Rangpo Nagar Panchayat have begun source segregation. The wet waste is collected on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays while the Dry Waste is collected on Wednesdays and Sundays, he informed.

Colour-coded bins [blue for dry waste and green for wet waste] provided by the State Mission Directorate for Swachh Bharat Mission [Urban] were distributed by the chief guest during the function.

It may be mentioned here, the event in Rangpo is in consonance with various directives under the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban. Ministry of Environment and Forest [MoEF] had mandated source segregation of waste as compulsory under the Solid Waste Management Rules 2016. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs [MoHUA] had also mandated compulsory source segregation of waste from 05 June 2017. Ever since the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission in India, the State Mission Directorate for Swachh Bharat Mission [Urban], UD&HD has been training and sensitizing the public, government officials and elected representatives of the ULBs on source segregation of waste.

At present, Gangtok Municipal Corporation has started with source segregation of waste in Arithang ward. In the remaining ULBs, 200 sets of colour coded bins have been distributed for source segregation of waste as a pilot project. The methodology being adopted in these ULBs is collection of dry waste-4 days a week and wet waste-2 days a week. Frequency of collection of wet waste is more than dry waste because the dry waste can be stored longer than wet waste which immediately putrefies within 12 hours.

The pilot project will be later up scaled to all the households and wards as the main intention currently is to generate awareness on source segregation of waste and set example for others to follow, the release adds.

Further, it may be noted that source segregation is not limited to only households. Even commercial establishments, government offices, educational institutes and any other establishment generating waste have to comply with the mandate by the government.

Rangpo Nagar Panchayat and the State Mission Directorate, Swachh Bharat Mission [Urban], has appealed to all the stakeholders of waste management to support this initiative being taken up under Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban.