Rajouri: Recycling of waste for composting and sale of recyclable plastic is a very effective way to deal with its immediate threat to the environment as well as prevent disease outbreaks in the Sunderbani region of Rajouri district.
The constant pile-up of garbage and waste caused concern to the Suderbani administration, who saw land filling as the only environmentally friendly option.
Sensing the gravity of the situation, the Rajouri district administration, led by Deputy Commissioner Vikas Kundal, immediately recognized the need for disposal of scientific waste. Deputy Commissioner Rajouri held regular brainstorming sessions with Municipal Council Chairman (MC), Sunderbani, MC Sunderbani officers and other consultants to find a solution.
After successive sessions, it was decided to technologically process solid household waste and use the final product as compost for agricultural fields.
To solve the problem, the Administration has decided to revive the suspended solid waste treatment plant for disposal of the waste in an environment-friendly manner.
After the rehabilitation of the plant, the main responsibility of the municipal committee was to collect the waste, segregate the waste and transport the waste to the treatment plant/Solid Waste Treatment Plant.
The task was completed by deploying garbage collection buses in all the divisions to collect garbage. Special commissions have also been formed from the elderly under their care to collect and distribute the required waste. The committees ensured proper cleanliness by the MC staff and encouraged the public to segregate waste at home and dispose of it properly in the morning garbage collection vans.
The move was welcomed by the public and people started flocking to the garbage vans to dump the garbage that was allocated to the garbage vans in the morning.
The administration assigned ten people to the cleanup plan to segregate waste from the plant and ensure that only necessary waste was discharged into the plant. Importantly, only biodegradable waste is brought to the treatment plant and plastic waste is sold to local vendors at Rs 32 per kg. Biodegradable waste brought to the facility for further processing is then turned into manure.
“We are making money from waste. Our treatment plant is operational and 1,600 kg of compost has been produced till date, of which 400 kg has been sold to agencies, farmers and residents at Rs 12 per kg,” said Executive Director, MC Sunderbani.
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President MC Sunderbani says this initiative has greatly improved the cleanliness of the city and we hope Subdarbani gets a better rating this time. He also compliments Deputy Commissioner Vikas Kundal for helping to revive this old and defunct factory.
“Waste is wealth. We are implementing the most effective model of waste management – a cost-effective and profitable model – and the district administration is working to replicate it in other municipal committees and councils across the district,” said Vikas Kundal. It is time for everyone to join hands and make history in Rajouri and make it the cleanest city, he added.
The MP also noted that concrete steps are being taken to make Rajouri a clean and beautiful city; MRF facilities have been completed in most of the MCs and will be commissioned soon.
He also said that in other MCs of the district, private land has been allocated for setting up solid waste processing plant.
Kundal also said that one of our Kalakot MCs getting Swachh Survakeshan Award-2022 is an effort of MCs which proves our commitment to provide better living conditions for the society.