Municipal policies should facilitate recycling of waste3 min read . Updated: 13 Jul 2011, 11:00 PM IST
Municipal policies should facilitate recycling of waste
The municipal corporation is the largest local body in Delhi with the responsibility of providing basic amenities. It also deals with solid waste management (SWM) through the traditional practice of collecting garbage at the household level, followed by dumping in bins and dhalaos (waste dump in a residential area), from where the waste is transported to landfills. Curiously, such a system does not provide for either minimization or recycling of the waste. In 2000, the Union ministry for environment and forests issued rules that introduced segregation into this chain so as to extract recyclables and reduce the total amount of waste to be disposed of. The impetus came from the fact that, since 1975, 20 sanitary landfills have been created, of which only three are currently operational, and these too are close to exhaustion. The capital is now faced with the daunting task of finding 100 sq. km of landfill space to meet its needs until 2050. This land is not available either in Delhi or in the neighbouring states.