New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) vowed to make New Delhi area 100 per cent segregation of waste at source and to mark the World Environment Day on June 5, 2017. The Council envisages making at least five of its residential colonies as zero waste areas. This was stated by NDMC chairperson Naresh Kumar while speaking after administrating the oath of swachhta to over 10 thousand of its employees at NDMC headquarters today.
Calling upon the team, Kumar said that they should come forward to spread the message of segregation of waste at source to their nearest and dearest so as to make it a mass movement.
Underlining the importance of healthy environment and cleanliness, he said that the NDMC has launched a 45 days swachhta campaign aimed at bringing about the behavioural change in the public at large and also to sensitise the people of all walks of life to make swachhta as a routine and regular exercise in their daily life.
He said that the waste should be segregated at the source as it saves time, energy and money. And if it is not done at the initial stage, then it would be very difficult to separate them later, he added.
To create awareness about the value of segregating the waste at source, Kumar said that 50 thousand households in New Delhi area would be covered by volunteers, RWAs, Market Associations, students of schools and colleges, NDMC work force of safai sevaks and employees of Civil and Horticulture Department as well. These volunteers would visit door to door with the aim to encourage the people about the segregation of waste at source in NDMC area.
Even from the health point of view, it is better to segregate waste at source and it can be treated as organic waste by preparing organic manure which would be good for soil that has already been ravaged by the use of inorganic chemical manure, he said, and added that NDMC horticulture waste is being converted into compost through Compost Pits and Compost Plant at Okhla. The NGOs volunteers are taking away the recyclable articles and only the rest which is of not much use is taken to the Waste to Energy Plant at Okhla in south Delhi.
NDMC presently processes its municipal waste almost 100 per cent, but the new system will further put NDMC a step ahead in reaching the target of 100 per cent segregation at source, he said.