The government will launch a programme of solid waste segregation on Monday in the National Capital Region as a major initiative on the urban environment front that combines waste management.
Solid waste management is set to turn a new page on Monday in Delhi, besides Gurugram, Faridabad, Noida and Ghaziabad, with the launch of segregation of municipal solid waste at source like households, hotels, restaurants etc.
A Union Urban Development Ministry stated, "Henceforth, wet waste will be collected in Green bins and dry waste in Blue bins. Launch of waste segregation at source is being done in the backdrop of 145 Waste-to-Compost plants becoming functional across the country, increasing compost production from 1.50 lakh tonnes in March 2016 to 13.13 lakh tonnes at present."
Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, the Urban Development Minister will launch the waste segregation programme in Delhi NCR and Indore in Madhya Pradesh on Monday covering nine urban local bodies by flagging off segregated waste collection vehicles.
The ministry said that this new solid waste management initiative under the Clean India programme will be launched in 130 cities where waste-to-compost plants are either functional or under construction.
"Another 150 compost-making plants are under construction with total compost production capacity of 95 lakh tonnes per year. Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu is the only city so far to have ensured 100 per cent segregation of solid waste at source." it added.
About 15,000 tonnes of solid waste is being generated every day in the NCR, while about 65 million tonnes of such waste is produced every day in urban areas of the country.
According to the government, 100 per cent door-to-door collection and transport of solid waste has been achieved in over 41,000 of the total 81,000 urban wards in the country, while the processing of such waste is only about 22 per cent.