To curb incorrect disposal and burning of solid waste which pollute the environment and generate harmful gases, Urban Development ministry will launch Solid Waste Management in Gurugram, Faridabad, Noida and Ghaziabad from Monday. The ministry will launch of segregation of Municipal Solid Waste at source like households, hotels, restaurants etc. The government will put two color dustbins so that wet waste will be collected in Green bins and dry waste in Blue bins.
In the National Capital Region, about 15,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste is being generated every day while about 65 million tones of such waste is produced every day in urban areas of the country. Also incorrect disposal and burning of solid waste results in emission of climate change causing Greenhouse gases like Methane and Carbon Dioxide to the tune of 12.69 million tones of Carbon Dioxide in the country per year. A recent study has revealed that improper solid waste management causes 15 diseases including Hepatitis, Cholera and Malaria.
“Minister of Urban Development M.Venkaiah Naidu will launch the segregation campaign in National Capital Region covering a total of nine urban local bodies including five of Delhi by flagging off segregated waste collection vehicles from Talkatora Indore Stadium in the national capital. This major new initiative to address the problem of solid waste management will be launched in 130 cities where Waste-to-Compost plants are either functional or under construction,” Urban Development ministry said on Sunday. Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu is the only city so far to have ensured 100% segregation of solid waste at source.