Two companies selected from August in Chandigarh to treat household waste: News Kidda

Tribune News Service

Sandeep Rana

Chandigarh, July 25

The city’s household hazardous and biomedical waste is processed in the first week of August.

The local municipality has appointed an agency for each work. Alliance Envirocare Company Pvt Ltd, Industrial Area, Phase-I, has been tasked with handling biomedical waste, while Nimbua Greenfield, Dera Bassi, has been tasked with handling hazardous waste. As a final nod, however, the issue of biomedical waste will be discussed at Friday’s General Assembly, while another issue will be presented to the Finance and Contracts Committee meeting on Tuesday.

Enables efficient management

By separating waste at the collection point, we have been able to work on separate processing. It will help efficient urban waste management Anindita Mitra, MC Commissioner

MC Commissioner Anindita Mitra said biomedical waste processing would cost Rs 96 lakh per year while hazardous processing would cost Rs 12 lakh per year.

She said Envirocare would only handle household biomedical waste, as hospitals had their own scheme to handle their waste.

According to experts, sanitary napkins/sanitary products fall under the category of hazardous medical waste and must be incinerated to ensure a safe environment. The technology effectively removes any chance that the waste poses a health risk to people and the environment. Incinerators destroy sanitary waste by burning it at a very high temperature. The company has already introduced a black container for hazardous waste and a red one for sanitary towels. These are attached to the existing vehicles with two bins that go door-to-door to collect dry and wet waste.

The residents are expected to deposit discarded light bulbs, lamps, empty batteries and broken glass in the black bin, while sanitary towels must be put in the red bin.

“Separating these two types of waste is part of the Permanent Waste Management Regulation, 2016. By separating waste at the collection point, we have been able to work on separate processing. It will help in efficient urban waste management,” added the MC commissioner. According to the 2016 rules, all four types of household waste – dry, wet, hazardous and hygienic – must be separated by residents. A fine ranging from Rs 232 to Rs 11,576 per standard may be imposed depending on the category of the unit.

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