Segregation at Source is the Key for Clean Cities

Way forward to Gurugram!

Solid Waste Management is the process of collecting, managing and treating solid waste and providing solutions for recycling solid waste and uses it as a valuable resource. To enforce recycling solid waste, segregation of wet waste and dry waste is must. Wet waste can easily be converted into manure at source level/decentralized way and dry waste to be sent to authorized collection centers for recycling.

Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate change notified the Solid Waste Management Rules in April 2016 which has made citizens, RWAs, Civic bodies more accountable towards managing garbage in decentralized way and the most important step in this regard is to segregate garbage at source. But strangely, the six states which have been declared best performers in the recent Swachh Survekshan have adopted centralized system of processing waste except Mysuru and Bangaluru. This is a serious concern and like setting wrong examples for other cities to follow. I found it very shocking that on one side the Ministry of Urban Development is asking us to compost and on the other side segregation at source has clearly been undermined in this Survekshan.

Segregation at source is first and foremost factor in achieving Solid Waste Management goals and in recent Swachh Survekshan it has been totally ignored. Ignoring this is diluting the very essence of SWM Policy. I think adopting easier solutions like collection, sort-burn or dump is like making the city clean but polluting the environment.

Sameera Satija
Environmentalist
Development 2050

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