Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation to Halt Wet Waste Collection from Non-Compliant Entities Starting July 15

Pimpri Chinchwad Residents Alarmed by PCMC's Notices on Wet Garbage Processing Compliance  

Pimpri Chinchwad Residents Alarmed by PCMC's Notices on Wet Garbage Processing Compliance  

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Mansi Patil 

From July 15 onwards, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) will cease collecting wet waste from housing societies and other establishments failing to comply with waste segregation rules. This decision stems from the Solid Waste Management Rules 2016 and the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, which mandate the segregation and processing of wet and dry waste at the source.

Under these regulations, housing societies with 70 or more flats and other establishments generating 100 kg or more of waste daily must now process their wet waste on-site. The PCMC will only collect dry waste, including plastics, metals, and paper, from these entities. This move aims to enforce responsible waste management practices and reduce the burden on municipal services.

Earlier extensions were granted for setting up waste management systems, yet many societies and establishments have not complied adequately. The PCMC has emphasized that failure to manage wet waste on-site violates the provisions of the law.

Wet waste includes household garbage, food scraps, vegetable and fruit peels, eggshells, and other organic materials. In contrast, dry waste encompasses items like plastics, metals, glass, and paper products, which the PCMC will continue to collect.

This initiative extends beyond housing societies to hotels, restaurants, schools, and other entities covered under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Non-compliance may lead to penalties as per the rules.

The PCMC has urged affected parties to establish composting projects to convert wet waste into compost, thereby promoting sustainable waste management practices in the region.