Ghaziabad to set up “garbage factories”

Residential apartments near Vaishali Metro Station, Ghaziabad

The Ghaziabad municipal corporation has announced plans for “garbage factories” at each of the city’s five zones.

Once operational, door-to-door collection vehicles will not dump the collected waste outside localities at open dumping stations (from where it is further shifted to temporary landfill sites) but take it to the five zones for processing.

The five factories will have segregators, who will work on conveyor belts to sort out the daily solid waste. There will be segregation of dry and wet waste. From the wet waste, manure will be produced, while the dry waste will be used by artistes and contractors who will be producing items from the material. The five projects will be run on public-private partnership model with the MC providing the land. A part of the revenue will also be paid to the segregator, reports The Hindustan Times.

The garbage factories will be developed on corporation land of about 5,000 to 10,000 square metres. Each factory will be able to process 250-500 metric tonnes of daily solid waste. Their capacity will be expandable to cater to 1000 metric tonnes in future and should suffice for the next 10 years. Presently, about 1100 metric tonnes of solid waste generated per day.

The RFP is expected to be issued in another 10-15 days.

In the recent Swachh Survekshan – 2020, Ghaziabad slipped to nineteenth spot from its thirteenth spot which it secured in 2019. One of the major reasons is the closure of its Pratap Vihar landfill which was closed down last year on directions of the UP solid waste monitoring committee.

Picture Credit: Residential apartments near Vaishali Metro Station, Ghaziabad

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