The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) is launching its “waste segregation at source” drive in the satellite township on March 1.
The campaign will be launched at households located in Action Area 1A. “A workshop will be conducted where representatives of some housing complexes would be advised how to segregate household waste at source. There will be written instructions on how to separate wet waste like kitchen waste and dry waste like plastic and others into two separate bins with different colours,” said an NKDA official.
Officials said they wanted to follow the “circular economy of waste segregation”, in which waste materials are recycled for use and recycled again instead of recycling once for use and then throwing off.
The waste-collecting agencies have been asked to pick up kitchen waste on a daily basis. Dry wastes that will be kept in a separate bin will be collected twice a week. The daily generated kitchen waste will be taken to the landfill site for disposal whereas the dry waste — like plastic, glass, clothes and other such things — which is non bio-degradable, will be kept in a separate place for recycling.
Presently, around 40 to 60 tonne of waste is generated in New Town per day which is transported to the Mollar Bheri dumping ground. The township has a population of nearly 40,000, which is increasing fast.
NKDA authorities are also planning to set up a composting plant, where waste could be turned into fertiliser. “This will, however, take some time,” officials said. Earlier, the authorities had come up with an innovative way to reuse dry or non biodegredable waste products like plastic and glass not by crushing or melting them, but by painting the products and using them for decorative purpose.
In Salt Lake too, the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation had tried to introduce the segregation-at-source model. The civic body had even thinking of offering tax rebate to housing society residents who would develop waste recycling plants. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation is also all set to launch waste segregation at source in 20 wards of the city.
Source: Times of India