GHMC plans segregation of garbage at collection point

  • Public awareness event at LB Stadium on Friday

HyderabadThe Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, with the help of big corporate companies, is taking up segregation of garbage at the point of collection – households – itself.

The GHMC is the first civic body in the country to taking up such a scheme involving the corporate sector under corporate social responsibility to ensure effective implementation of segregation of solid and liquid waste. Called WOW initiative (Wellbeing Out of Waste), it is to improve the living conditions of people in the twin cities with pollution-free environment and to inculcate the habit of source segregation of waste among the citizens.

The GHMC is going to invite top celebrities like Sachin Tendulkar, K Kavitha, PV Sindhu, P Gopichand, VVS Laxman, Suddala Ashok Teja, cine actor Ram, Manchu Laxmi, Tamanna, and so on to create awareness about the scheme.

The programme will be taken up under the guidance of  Municipal Administration and Urban Development  Minister KT Rama Rao on Friday at LB Stadium around 3pm where the Mayor,  Deputy Mayor, MPs, MLAs, MLCs, corporators, ward members, public representatives, NGOs, resident welfare associations, big corporate companies, various educational institutions will participate.

To ensure successful implementation of the WOW Initiative, the GHMC has planned the programme in a systematic way. First, door-to-door campaign was conducted by Resource Persons (RPs)/Propagation Executives to create awareness among the people about the concept of source segregation and explaining its benefits.

Resource Persons also demonstrated how to segregate the dry and wet waste and each household was given a flyer and a bag to collect the recyclables. Follow -up was done twice to ensure that the household practiced source segregation. Waste Collectors were also trained in systematic and segregated waste collection and bring it to the Dry Resource Collection Centres (DRCC) and sell the dry recyclable waste, thereby earn additional income and ensure source segregation among the households. The DRCCs are operated by Self Help Groups which would deploy rag pickers for handling the dry recyclables for value addition.

The wet waste can be converted into compost and supplied to farmers. -NSS

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