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E-waste collection centres in each ward

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The New Indian Express       15.04.2017 

E-waste collection centres in each ward

BENGALURU: The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) will soon issue guidelines to manufacturers of electronic products to set up e-waste collection centres in wards or zones across the state. Residents dropping off electronic products will get a nominal amount. 

Last year, a study conducted by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India said Bengaluru is sitting on an ‘e-waste bomb’.

KSPCB issued a circular to government offices asking them to comply with the E-Waste Management Rules, 2016, wherein bulk consumers have to maintain records of e-waste generated by them and to dispose the same to authorised collection centres.

Moving forward, KSPCB will issue guidelines to manufacturers to set up e-waste centres where individuals, organisation and others can drop old electronic goods. 

Lakshman, KSPCB chairman, said the board will issue guidelines to all manufacturers and recylers of e-waste from next month. “We are writing letters to these centres asking them to shut if they do not have their own recyling units attached.

This means these units can’t trade e-waste to other agencies, but have to make a facility to dispose and reuse if any. These centres will pay money to customers who come to deposit e-waste,” said Lakshman. 

As KSPCB does not have authenticated data of e-waste generated in the state, as per the direction of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), KSPCB will conduct a survey on e-waste generated. This survey is expected to help estimate the number of e-waste collection centres required in the state.  

KSPCB will be fixing a rate for empanelled vendors to pick up medical waste from hospitals and nursing homes. “It will be `4.5 per bed per month,” Lakshman said.


NGT notice to waste generators

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The Hindu      11.04.2017

NGT notice to waste generators

The National Green Tribunal on Monday issued notices to major waste generators in the city including five-star hotels, malls, hospitals, educational institutions with hostels, and housing societies which have not complied with Solid Waste Management Rules 2016.

A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked these defaulting bodies to reply within two weeks as to why they should not be asked to pay environment compensation of Rs. 5 lakh for failing to properly manage and treat sewage.

Hotels in the dock

The NGT issued notices to eight defaulting hotels and two hospitals in the New Delhi Municipal Council, seven hotels, four malls, five hospitals, railway and bus stations in East Delhi Municipal Corporation, besides many such institutions in North and South Delhi Municipal Corporation. The order came after a report submitted by a committee recommended action against defaulting bodies for improper management of waste.



Sanitary waste collection up, but Mahadevapura lags

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The Hindu       05.04.2017  

Sanitary waste collection up, but Mahadevapura lags

Official says agency not finalised for the zone during the pilot phase

Two months after the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) started collecting sanitary waste separately, approximately 17 tonnes of it are being collected across all the zones in the city daily. But this just a fraction of what the citizens generate, and the scope of collection varies widely: while south, R.R. Nagar and Yelahanka zones contribute to a major chunk, the process has not even begun in Mahadevapura.

“We have not yet finalised an agency for Mahadevapura zone as no one was ready to take it up during the ongoing pilot phase,” said Hemalatha, executive engineer, Solid Waste Management. She said tenders for sanitary waste processing from all the zones would be finalised by the end of April.

N.S. Ramakanth, member of the Solid Waste Management Round Table, said the problem lay in the delay in allocation of funds. “There was no specific allocation in the last budget for sanitary waste management. Other than one agency, the others have been asking for full down payment,” said Mr. Ramakanth.

Waste management agencies have also mandated that sanitary waste be brought to the incineration plants in non-chlorinated yellow bags, an additional cost the BBMP has to bear. “Once this year’s budgetary allocation comes, processing of sanitary waste will get a boost,” Mr. Ramakanth said. An amount of Rs. 898.94 crore has been allotted for garbage disposal and SWM in the BBMP’s 2017-18 budget.

According to the official, 80 to 90 tonnes of sanitary waste is generated across Bengaluru daily.

In February, an average of 9.57 tonnes of sanitary waste was collected daily, and this increased to 17 tonnes in March. South zone led the way with a maximum collection of 15.15 tonnes of sanitary waste out of 1201.87 tonnes of waste overall in March. However, Mr. Ramakanth says, the numbers are being driven by the likes of Yelahanka ward and KSR Layout where a robust system of segregation is already in place.

Sharing responsibility

The BBMP is also exploring the option of getting companies to pick the tab on waste from their products under Extended Product Responsibility. “The product is made by companies and used by residents. It is unfair to put the entire responsibility of managing product waste on civic agencies,” said Ms. Hemalatha. “Such practices have been implemented in other countries with a fair degree of success.”

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