CHENNAI:With the Greater Chennai Corporation framing the draft for solid waste management by-laws, litterbugs may have to pay the price, literally. The draft can be accessed at http://chennaicorporation.gov.in/images/swm_bye_laws.pdf and suggestions may be sent to the city corporation’s headquarters at Ripon building, Sydenhams Road, Kannappar Thidal, Periyamet within 30 days of the notification.
Defacement of public spaces that include littering, urinating, open defecation, etc will attract a fine of Rs 100.
Waste generators are to segregate and store the waste generated by them in three separate streams — bio-degradable, non biodegradable and domestic hazardous wastes in suitable bins, and handover segregated waste to authorised waste pickers as per the direction by local authorities.
Waste generators are not to litter any waste such as paper, water bottles, liquor bottle, soft drink cans, tetra packs, fruit peel, etc, or burn or bury waste on streets, open public spaces, drains, water bodies and to segregate the waste at source as prescribed.
All gated communities and institutions with more than 5,000 sq m area shall, within one year from the date of notification of these rules and in partnership with the local body, ensure segregation of waste at the source by the generators as prescribed in these rules, facilitate the collection of segregated waste in separate streams, hand over recyclable material to either authorised waste pickers or recyclers.
Construction and demolition waste is to be stored separately, as and when generated, in his/her own premises and shall be disposed of as per the Construction and Demolition Waste Management Rules, 2016.
Horticulture waste and garden waste generated from his/her premises are to be stored separately in his/her own premises and disposed of as per the directions of the local body. Failing to do so will attract a fine of Rs 1,000.
Residential units and all types of traders involved in non-segregation, littering, burying of solid waste or mixing construction and demolition waste with solid waste and domestic hazardous waste are to be fined Rs 1,000.
Non-residential units that are involved in non-segregation, littering, burying of solid waste or mixing construction and demolition waste with solid waste and domestic hazardous waste are to be fined Rs 2,000.
No person shall organise an event or gathering of more than one hundred persons at any unlicensed place without intimating the local body, at least three working days in advance and the organiser of such event shall ensure segregation of waste at source and handing over of segregated waste to waste collector or agency as specified by the local body. Violating this may set event organiser back by Rs 25,000.
Street vendors not keeping suitable garbage container may have to shell out Rs 100. Non-clearance of litter created by pets on street will be fined Rs 100.
The owners/occupiers of households, shops, hotels, restaurants, office buildings and shopping complexes have to pay the Solid Waste Management User Charges as fixed by the Greater Chennai Corporation.