VISAKHAPATNAM: In a step forward towards scientific solid waste management, Kirlampudi Colony near Beach Road, which has around 800 households, would soon commence ‘Two bins one bag’ system. A workshop was also held this week for the residents to raise awareness about solid waste management and composting.
Kirlampudi Layout, with an area of around 38.4 acres or 15.6 hectares, which is striving to become the city’s first smart colony, would commence the system of segregation of waste at the source. The household generated waste would be segregated into organic, sanitary and reusable waste in different bins and bags and the organic waste would be used for composting and making manure for plants and gardens. This system can be emulated by other colonies later on.
S Ravi Kanth Reddy, senior manager of CitYzen, the corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm of Fluentgrid Limited, which conducted the solid waste management workshop, said, “The response was pretty good when we organised the waste management workshop at one of the apartments from Kirlampudi Layout – Ayodhya Apartment, which came forward to reduce its waste. A demo of Two Bins One Bag system was performed. Already, such a system is in place in around five lakh households in Bengaluru. Now, we want to popularise this system in Vizag.”
“Under this system, the organic and sanitary waste would be collected in two separate bins while the reusable or recyclable and e-waste should be collected in the bag. The reusable materials may include newspapers, glass, plastic bottles, e-waste and so on, which would be given to GVMC workers or authorised recyclers. The GVMC workers would collect the sanitary waste while the organic waste would be utilised for composting and generating manure. Around 70 per cent of waste generated in households comprise organic waste. A rotating barrel composter is being made now for composting of organic waste,” added Reddy.
As per the revised Construction and Demolition Solid Waste Management Rules 2016, any resident welfare association which has an area of at least 5,000 square metre should manage the waste generated on their own. The rules emphasis on prevention, reduction, reuse, recycle, recovery and disposal of waste, with more stress on prevention.
The rule reads, “All gated communities and institution, with more than 5,000 sq metre (1.2 acre) 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 source by the generators as prescribed in these rules. They should facilitate collection of segregated waste in separate streams, hand over recyclable material to either the authorised waste pickers or recyclers. The biodegradable waste shall be processed, treated and disposed off through composting or bio-methanation within the premises as far as possible. The residual waste should be given to waste collectors or agency as directed by the local body.”