US waste disposal model for Pimpri-Chinchwad

Civic chief, Dr Shrikar Pardeshi, says garbage segregation and recycling will be given a major thrust

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has decided to push for a garbage collection and disposal system similar to the one being implemented in US cities of Philadelphia and Portland. The move is aimed at ensuring effective garbage disposal, reducing the load on landfill sites and causing less harm to the environment.

PCMC Commissioner Dr Shrikar Pardeshi, who last week returned from the US after a 52-day training program, said he was impressed by the garbage disposal system that had been put in place in the two US cities. "We cannot exactly implement the same model. But we can borrow points from them to make our existing system more effective," he said. Pimpri-Chinchwad, which has a population of around 18 lakh, generates 700 metric tonne of garbage daily.

The civic chief said the two cities have a system that relies heavily on segregating garbage at the source and then recycles them. "Segregation at source goes a long way in deciding on recycling, non-recycling and composable waste," he said. "These cities generate a lot of waste but their system is effective as they recycle the generated waste. Most of the waste goes in making tissue papers and plastic cups. What I noticed was the use of tissue papers which was very extensive in these two cities. They use tissue papers for various purposes and it is made out of garbage," he said. In effect, he said, garbage has become a good source of revenue generation in the US. "Waste if effectively handled helps to reduce the load on environment and landfill sites."

Lamenting that there was poor awareness about segregation of garbage at source in Pimpri-Chinchwad, Dr Pardeshi said, "This would be accorded top priority henceforth in the town. We will lay emphasis on creating awareness about segregation of garbage at source. Once dry and solid waste segregation is tackled effectively, it will help us in recycling the rest of the waste. It will also help the civic body in generating revenue," he said.

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