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BMC to crack whip on sugarcane, coconut stalls over waste processing

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After over 50 per cent of bulk waste generators in the city failed to comply with waste disposal norms or failed to process their waste at source, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to crack the whip on sugarcane juice stalls and coconut water stalls across the city, in order to get them to process the waste they produce. The BMC’s solid waste management (SWM) department will now start issuing notices to such stalls across the city.

Though the number of sugarcane stalls aren’t as many, there is still no clarity on how the coconut stalls will go about processing their waste. Many coconut vendors use bicycles to travel and commute and don’t set up shop in a fixed location. “We are working on how to enforce the law that mandates every commercial unit to process their waste themselves,” an official from the SWM department said.

“It has been noticed that these sugarcane juice and tender coconut stalls leave waste behind at night after closing their business. The waste is only collected the next day,” the official said, adding that in order to maintain cleanliness, the stalls have to manage their waste at their level.

The civic official added that these stalls can be asked to use a common waste processing unit for their waste. “We are contemplating many ways through which these stalls can do waste processing,” he said, adding that the civic body installed many bins across the city to ensure it isn’t discarded on the roads.

Earlier this month, civic chief Ajoy Mehta had directed SWM officials to ensure proper lifting of waste from roads, and even imposed fines on repeated offenders.

The BMC 3,374 bulk waste generators across the city. By the end of 2018, around 1,537 of them had started waste processing within their premises. As per the act, establishments or societies with more than 100 houses and areas of more than 20,000 sq.metres or generating more than 100 kgs of waste per day have to manage their waste within their premises. However, many such bulk generators haven’t started doing so.

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