Better Waste Management Requires Behavior Change, Experts Say | News from Gurgaon

Gurgaon: Waste management experts have praised the MCG’s decision to suspend collection of garbage that is not segregated at the household level, saying that if properly implemented, this decision can bring much needed behavior change . According to them, the best place to start is at the generation level, that is, households, markets and institutions.
On Tuesday, MCG announced that its Ecogreen concessionaire would stop collecting unsorted household waste from November 10.
Experts said segregation is the main responsibility of the people so that hazardous and non-biodegradable waste is not taken to landfills or left to rot on the streets. They suggested that residents could start with the basics, which is keeping separate bags for wet and dry waste.
“Source segregation is essential to the waste management ecosystem. Our consumption should not turn into rubbish when it can be converted into resources. A simple three-bin mechanism is one of the basics of waste management, ”said Gurgaon-based Ruchika Sethi, founder of Why Waste Your Waste.
Sethi said that effective segregation at the source could ensure that the amount of waste transported to the Bandhwari landfill is reduced by 90%.
“Almost 70% of the waste is organic or wet waste which can be easily broken down while the rest is dry and finds final value in recycling. But if they are mixed without treatment, it emits greenhouse gases, which can be fatal and pose environmental and health challenges, ”she added.
The production of medical waste, which has increased during the pandemic, is another concern, experts said. Ideally, it should not be mixed with regular household waste.
Some residents told TOI that they had been actively practicing waste sorting for several years.
“I started waste management about five or six years ago and it has now become a way of life. Most of the waste is either composted and turned into manure that I use in my garden, or recycled. It is very simple. Wet waste makes up the majority of household waste and can be disposed of in a separate bin. Likewise, there is another bin for dry waste like papers. And then there is a bin for garbage like broken light bulbs or dangerous items that we pack separately so that the garbage collectors don’t get hurt, ”said Bhawani Shankar Tripathy, a resident of Sector 23A.
Experts and residents both highlighted the “lack of a proper system” to encourage people to adopt environmentally sustainable alternatives to waste disposal and called for a complete overhaul of the way society deals with waste management in the world. the city.
“Even if the residents sort the waste, the collectors mix it up, which defeats the objective. Then there is the question of collection. The MCG concessionaire collects the waste by weight and is paid accordingly. Many times it is observed that they mix up the waste to generate more value for themselves. In addition, there is no system of material recovery facilities per district to promote recycling, ”said waste management expert Sameera Satija.
she added: “There seems to be a lack of will among the authorities to look at the issue from a holistic perspective. In addition to penalizing those who do not sort, they also need to create lanes to ensure that the majority of the waste is removed by recyclers and that only 5-10% reaches the Bandhwari landfill.
A senior MCG official said a massive awareness and training campaign had started. “Nine special teams have been formed to ensure compliance with the rules. We have also created four locations for composting wet waste. We aim to encourage 40,000 households in DLF-1, 2, 3, 4, 5 to start composing internally, ”he added.

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