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B-ward shows the way in solid waste management

B ward generates around 167 tonnes of garbage every day of which 5 to 6 tonnes consists of tender coconut shells

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In the last one year, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) B ward has prevented around 1,500 tonnes of empty tender coconut shells from reaching the dumping ground. The ward has been using tender coconut waste as useful fertiliser by shredding and drying it.

Udaykumar Shiroorkar, assistant commissioner of B ward said, "Empty coconut shells are very tough and it takes a long time for them to disintegrate naturally. It also increases the burden on landfills, which have already been used to their capacity." He added that apart from making good use of empty tender coconut shells, the possibility of breeding grounds for mosquitoes has also been prevented, according to the health department.

At present, there is a shredding unit within the ward where around 5 to 6 tonnes of empty tender coconut shells are daily shredded into small pieces. "We send these shredded shells to Badlapur where they are processed to churn out two by-products. These by-products are used as fertilisers, and for other purposes as well," said Shiroorkar. With JJ Hospital close to B ward, which mainly includes Dongri and Mohammad Ali Road, huge amounts of empty tender coconut shells are generated every day as patients are advised to drink tender coconut water.

At a time when engineers from BMC's Solid Waste Management Department are funding it difficult to manage garbage in the dumping ground, the B Ward office has been managing it at the source.

About a year ago, engineers of SWM of the B ward office had come up with the idea to manage tender coconut waste in the ward itself. According to official, B ward generates around 167 tonnes of garbage every day and around 5 to 6 tonnes of it consists of tender coconut shells, which they stopped dumping. "We do not spend money in collection, transportation and the process while we are managing in the ward itself\", said Shiroorkar. A private player collect all empty tender coconut shells free of cost.

WHAT AN IDEA

  • B ward generates around 167 tonnes of garbage every day of which 5 to 6 tonnes consists of tender coconut shells
     
  • Engineers of B Ward’s SWM came up with this idea about a year ago. A private player collects the coconut shells for free.
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