PUDUCHERRY: Households in Puducherry have to segregate biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste from July 18. Failure to segregate waste will invite a penalty of Rs 500, says P. Jawahar, Secretary, Local Administration. Municipalities had the power to bring in amendments to Solid Waste Management Rules - 2016 to levy penalties from residents who fail to segregate waste. If the public fail to pay penalty, there are provisions to impose a fine up to Rs 1 lakh, he said. Swachata Bharth Corporation workers will carry two containers, one in red colour and other in green, to collect the segregated waste. The red container will be used to collect non-biodegradable waste and the green for degradable waste.
“It is really difficult to process the waste as both biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste are mixed. At least 300 to 320 tonne of solid waste is being generated in Puducherry daily. If separated, at least 150 tonne of biodegradable waste could be composed and the rest could be recycled,” said Jawahar.