Pimpri: Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has issued a warning to citizens to segregate their waste from April 1st, 2023, or face penalties. Municipal Commissioner Shekhar Singh has stated that garbage from households that do not segregate their waste will not be collected.
In an online program called ‘Dialogue with Commissioners’ organized by PCMC and Pimpri-Chinchwad Smart City, Commissioner Singh emphasized the need for citizens to segregate their waste into wet and dry categories. He also explained that housing societies generating over 100 kg of waste in the city must set up a waste treatment system at their level, preferably by producing compost.
Societies with available space are advised to set up composting projects within their premises. Those without space should process their waste from other institutions. The central government’s 2016 guidelines require organizations that generate large amounts of waste to treat it at their level. Such societies will be given a concession of five per cent in general property tax and eight per cent for zero waste.
“PCMC has been appealing to people to segregate their waste for a long time. However, many citizens still do not separate their dry and wet waste. This makes it difficult for the Municipal Corporation to process the waste efficiently. Citizens would be fined if their waste is not segregated,” Ajay Charthankar, Deputy Commissioner, Health Department of PCMC.
The penalty for not segregating waste is not yet clear, but PCMC is likely to impose a fine. It is therefore essential for citizens to comply with the segregation rules to avoid penalties and contribute to the city’s waste management efforts.