Former Leader Of Opposition in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) had questioned the civic body’s notification asking residential and other associations who generate over 50kg of solid waste to process it on their own.
Sharma said that the AMC had two years ago charged Rs200 crore from citizens by way of tax as user charge and now has outsourced the responsibility of dealing with the solid waste on the citizens.
He said the commissioner should first withdraw the user charge and then ask those who generate more than 50 kg of waste to deal with it on their own.
Under the Swachh Bharat Mission, the Swachh Survekshan 2021 emphasis is on reduce, reuse and recycle as far as waste is concerned.
To ensure that Ahmedabad is categorized as a 5-star city as per the garbage-free protocol component E1, those who generate over 50kg of waste are to be labelled as bulk waste generators.
They also need to ensure that the waste is processed at the source itself. But the fact is that the AMC’s door to door waste collection does not follow the waste segregation, he said. Sharma said he will be writing to the AMC commissioner in the matter.
What was the AMC notification on solid waste
A notification issued by the AMC said that organisations that produce over 50 kg of solid waste will have to bifurcate the same into three categories- biodegrade, non-biodegradable, and domestic hazard waste. Of this, the biodegradable waste will have to be processed by them on their own or through an agency.
The AMC has asked all residential welfare associations, market associations and restaurants, and other commercial associations to give a self-declaration that they generate less than 50 kg of waste. This declaration is to be given by January 10.
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