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Bangalore to be the first Indian city to segregate waste at source

 

Monday June 09, 2014

Bangalore, Karnataka, Waste management, ESG  
 
"Taking into careful consideration both short-term and long-term objectives to resolve the prevailing crisis of waste management in Bangalore, The Karnataka High Court issued a highly progressive judgement where it has directed that all municipal waste in Bangalore be segregated at source (at the household level) and the segregated waste be transported in that manner to composting and recycling units and no mixing whatsoever will take place in trucks, as is the case at present."  

HNF Correspondent

 
 

Here is a good news for the urban dwellers of Bangalore, who are not happy with city’s waste management system. The Principal Bench of the Karnataka High Court, comprising Chief Justice Mr. Vikramjit Sen and Justice Mrs. B. V. Nagarathna, has issued a series of unprecedented directions on November 22, 2012, to give effect to a system of progressive handling and management of municipal solid waste generated in Bangalore. The directions were issued while hearing the Public Interest Litigations (PIL) filed by Environment Support Group (ESG) and others. ESG's PIL challenged the order of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board dated 25 October 2012, that temporarily extended authorisation to operate the landfill at Mavallipura, revoking an earlier well-reasoned closure order of 11 July 2012.

 

In addition, ESG's PIL also sought directions to enforce progressive ways to manage Bangalore's garbage, based on a model of decentralised administration and segregation of waste at source.

Segregation of waste at source made mandatory

The High Court judgement, taking into careful consideration both short-term and long-term objectives to resolve the prevailing crisis of waste management, is highly progressive where the Court has directed that all municipal waste in Bangalore be segregated at source (at the household level) and the segregated waste be transported in that manner to composting and recycling units and no mixing whatsoever will take place in trucks, as is the case at present. Keeping this fundamental principle in view, the Court has directed the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP, Bangalore's municipality) and the Government of Karnataka to ensure that “Segregation and Wet Waste Processing Stations be located and made operational in the 28 Assembly Constituencies in a time period of two months” from the date of the order. The Court sees “this as the first step to be followed immediately by similar Segregation and Wet Waste Processing Stations, in each of the 198 Wards in Bangalore” and that “this exercise (is) to be completed within four months” of the date of order. Keen to ensure that at no time in future the current messy state of affairs recurs in Bangalore, the Court has also directed that “every ward should have at least three Segregation and Wet Waste Processing Stations”.

First city to have such system of waste management

Acknowledging the importance of progressive decentralised methods of managing municipal solid waste, based on submissions made by ESG, the Court observed emphatically, “We think that decentralisation in the system of MSW management would lend efficacy and prevent bottlenecks impacting the entire city at a given point of time.”

As a result of these directions, Bangalore is going to be the first metropolis in India to comprehensively adopt management of municipal solid waste on the principle of segregation at source and composting of wet waste locally. The past messy ways which caused widespread concern, public health nuisance and environmental disasters, would see an end sometime soon.

To see that orders are taken seriously and executed properly, the court has directed that a status Report be filed by the State Government as well as by B.B.M.P within two weeks from the date of the order today.

 
 

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