|August 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm #3700|
Most residents of Ponda either find it difficult to segregate their own waste or simply refuse to do so.
Confronted by various problems in getting people to segregate their own waste, the Ponda Municipal Council (PMC) now has plans to entrust the task to create public awareness to its councillors.
PMC had recently planned to restart awareness drive and as part of the awareness drive, small hoardings urging people to stop use of plastic were displayed along the streets. Pamphlets were also distributed through workers during their house-to-house garbage collection work, but it had little impact.
“We still have to segregate waste and have deployed seven workers for it. Without segregation, it would have been impossible for us to dispose wet waste,” informed PMC Chairperson Rukmi Dangui.
Since some residents from Curti-Khandepar objected to garbage disposal in their jurisdiction, PMC was forced to restart its campaign on segregation of waste.
“Wet waste is sent to various plantations to be used as manure and plastic waste is kept in bags. We have to do much more to spread awareness among the residents on the importance of segregation,” said Dangui.
PMC had also asked workers employed in door-to-door garbage collection to inform residents of waste segregation. They were even told not to accept garbage if it was not segregated. However, the exercise did not meet the expectations of the PMC.
“Door-to-door workers collecting garbage would inform residents on waste segregation, but it seems that people are least bothered,” said Dangui.
“If workers refuse to take garbage from that particular house, they are subjected to verbal abuses. Now, we plan to ask every councillor to take the initiative to inform people of their wards on the importance of segregation,” she said.
Source/Reference: Herald, “PMC plans awareness drive on garbage segregation“