GHMC’s waste management system awarded

Hyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is awarded by the NITI Aayog for the establishment of monitoring systems to track waste management data that could provide effective solutions to urban local bodies (ULB) for methods viable waste collection and recovery solutions.

The NITI Aayog identified the streamlined GHMC processes through digitization and solid documentation as one of the major innovative initiatives adopted by various Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) across India as part of the sustainable management of urban plastic waste.

Digitization & documentation

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Hyderabad generates 9,965 tons of waste per day from different sources. Of this total, about 15 percent, or 1,495 tonnes, is plastic waste. GHMC authorities have struggled to keep track of waste management with a solid documentation process. But in 2018, they decided to use technology and digitization that could play a vital role in better waste management and struck a deal with the Ramky Foundation to document all waste transactions. The Foundation believes that traceability and data management play a key role in the circular economy.

For greater transparency and traceability, new monitoring systems have been introduced to track data throughout the waste value chain. These monitoring systems included record keeping, data management and other improved documentation practices. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been implemented to streamline data at every step. This made it possible to monitor the influx of waste at each stage, including at the level of the Material Recovery Facilities (MRF). It also made it possible to identify the source of the waste and the recoverers concerned.

The MRF monitoring system follows a three-step reporting process to ensure the integrity of the entire system, which includes data log or field monitoring logs, data sheets and report formats. As a result, data is recorded to record the incoming waste from various sources each day and the outgoing waste related to processing and recycling, among others. Separate records are also kept for asset and waste pickers. Scanning waste can help deliver refined and accurate data for EPR compliance. The data can also be adapted for waste collection by center, regardless of the volumes treated.

100% compliance

Due to the impact of this model, a percentage of compliance was observed due to a solid understanding of the processes and a committed team. Likewise, the availability of statistics on inbound and outbound waste as well as resin code-based classification of material volumes. These data will be useful for effective waste management planning and effective implementation of program activities. In addition, the digitization of recorded data helps authorities to perform analysis and intelligent data management, thus strengthening MRF operations. Appropriate recording and documentation of wages paid to waste pickers and other related details are also documented.

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