Covid-19 lockdown leads to reduced garbage generation in cities

The 21-day lockdown announced by the Prime Minister owing to Covid-19 is having an impact on garbage generation across Indian cities. In Mumbai, MidDay reports that after the first day of curfew on Monday, garbage collection reduced by 1500 tonnes to about 3,200 tonnes.

Nagpur, too, is generating almost 300MT less garbage post lockdown. The Times of India reports that as per data compiled by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s solid waste management department, the city is generating around 894MT garbage every day after March 15 as against 1,185MT a day earlier.

All the garbage generated from the city is being transported to Bhandewadi dumping yard where NMC owns around 77 acre land, of which 52 acre is being used for dumping garbage while 25 acre is for sewage treatment plant. The dumping areas are already full to its capacity.

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