Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Saturday flagged off 50 hoppers to boost segregation of waste at source.
The hoppers were flagged off by MLA Batamaloo while senior SMC officials were also present on the occasion.
SMC officials will operate the machines under the supervision of solid waste management expert Ram Prakash. “The hoppers would enable us to make door to door collection and segregate waste at source. Officials will aware people about importance of segregation at source,” said SMC commissioner Riyaz Ahmad Wani.
To mention, SMC had come under severe criticism for non-implementation of Solid Waste Management Rules (SWMR) as it had limited the segregation of waste project to issuing advertisements only.
SMC chief sanitation officer informed that under this project, every household and waste generator should start segregating their waste into two bins—green for organic waste and blue for inorganic waste.
“The SMC teams will make door to door collection and lift the segregated waste in scientific way. The entire process will be done and executed under the supervision of expert” he added.
He added that later the segregated waste will be composted scientifically.
SMC Commissioner, Riyaz Ahmad Wani, said preparations have been put in place to comply the SWMR in letter and spirit. “Segregation of waste at source is one of the important steps to recycle dry waste easily and to use wet waste as compost. 50 additional hooper vehicles have been pressed into service to SMC for garbage lifting. We want to ensure zero percent presence of garbage and for it we seek public cooperation,” he added.