It is only during these situations Division of places does a more benefit than that of multiplicity. ‘Easily manageable’ is the word that comes to popular use in these scenarios of administration and governance. In a recent survey, it is to be duly noted that Smaller towns and cities are more effective in Implementing Waste Separation than that of Bigger populous cities. Size does matter when it comes to maintaining it properly.
‘Old Habits Die Hard’, yes this is true, but not always. Wet and Dry waste separation is not new to an Indian household. We did deviate and found it easier to dump everything at the same place. but the most common household in the smaller cities of India is gearing up to get tot he right path.
The concept of Waste separation at its creating source will make it easier for the state to segregate and find a solid solution to the problem of Solid Waste Management. Aiding to this concept, the small and medium cities are working together as communities, segregating their waste streams and keeping them that way.
Two such cities which are creating a huge example to the bigger popular ones in effective implementation of Solid waste management are Suryapet and Karjat. The first and the earliest effective results came from the place of Suryapet, in the State of Telangana.
Located about 136 km from the centre city of Hyderabad, with a population of over just One Lakh, this city has shown a lot of improvement. It all started in the year 2000, with one single person. S A Khadar, the Commissioner of Suryapet Municipal Corporation.
Khadar’s leadership skills did well in managing the whole city without any help from an NGO, any external funding, nor a common resident welfare association. He alone has managed to handle 32 tonnes of waste per day, in a half-acre open site, with the use of vermicomposting and recycling.
With this, there was no landfill, and a Rs 1 Lakh income was in turn generated from this. His incentives to the sanitary workers, addressing their needs and looking after the ease of doing their work, he has won hearts. The residents too were called out for daily meetings, and anyone who would give out 100 per cent unmixed waste, would, in turn, receive token gifts of appreciation.
Tractors, transportation costs, were funded by the Banks, and the money generated would be then distributed to the SHGs that work in the area. Eco-friendly alternatives, handcrafted bags and items are being used instead of the plastic ones, and many more to not repeat the piling up.
This is a much smaller town with about 30,000 people, with Ramdas Kokare appointed as the Commissioner of at the end of 2017. The Maharashtrian State ban on using plastic was strictly implemented within days of his office. They were replaced by hand made cloth bags, jute bags etc.
To make things interesting for the residents and to make things easy for the garbage collectors, Ramdas has listed out 36 different kinds of waste. Groups of them to be collected on different days of the week. This is the first in the entire world. A weekly collection of separate categories of waste.
Daily supervision, initial warnings, suggesting alternatives, strict reporting and punishing etc are thoroughly implemented to keep the cleanliness the way it is supposed to be.