Bengaluru: The segregation of garbage at source, which was at 40 per cent for long, has gone up to 50 per cent, but still a lot more needs to be done.The compliance has gone up because of BBMP's sustained awareness campaigns and pourakarmikas' insistence on picking up only segregated wet and dry waste on designated days.
An order passed by the high court has directed all categories of waste generators – residential, non-residential and government offices – to segregate waste into wet, hazardous and dry at source by taking up "two bin and one bag" system.
While biodegradable or wet waste should be handed over to collectors in a green-coloured bin, hazardous waste should be given in a red-coloured container. It also asked the waste generators to use reusable bags for handing over dry waste to collectors.
But chairman of the BBMP Standing Committee on Public Health S. Anand Kumar is unhappy with the way Palike officials and contractors are collecting the waste. "We have not seen officials and contractors creating awareness among waste generators on waste segregation. The officials need to be more proactive. They should create awareness on segregating waste and penalise repeat offenders.
I am planning to take up ward-wise inspection to take stock of waste segregation at source," he said. Compared to old wards, segregation has been satisfactory in the newly added wards. The Dasarahalli zone has recorded highest segregation at 63.78 per cent, while the West zone has recorded lowest at 44.74 per cent. Yelahanka, Rajarajeshwarinagar and Bommanahalli have segregation of over 50 per cent, official sources said.
Marshals in the next three months
The BBMP is thinking of bringing in marshals to ensure garbage is segregated at source and to check public littering and spitting. The marshals will ensure that garbage is not lit and there is no public urination. They also make sure that debris is not dumped indiscriminately. The violators will be penalised as per the provisions of KMC Act.