August 22, 2015
With the city having taken up segregation of waste, organisations behind this initiative are now brainstorming to find ways to sustain this. And, also to find infrastructure to store the collected dry waste.
According to sources, around 2,500 corporation workers go door-to-door to collect waste, segregate it into dry, wet, degradable, and non-degradable waste. The wet waste being transported to Vellalore garbage yard, the dry waste is sold by the workers who collect them.
“To maintain the present waste management system of door-to-door collection we need more workers and more customized push-carts. Storing the dry waste looks to turn into an issue in the future. Though we haven’t found a way yet, discussions are going on with various NGOs and the Corporation to address the situation. Scarcity of man power has affected collection of waste in some parts of the city. This too would be addressed,” said Suresh Bhandari, Clean Cities Foundation, an organization that was associated with the Guinness Record event Clean Cities Competition held from August 6 to 12.
The event marked the participation of 12,994 people, including school students. It received a wide reach, as many people came to learn waste segregation methods.
According to one of the corporation workers who collects waste from door-to-door: “For me, this collection of waste is for a noble cause. This way I also get to earn some money by selling the dry waste.”