Door to door waste collection service resumes in Camp

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Pune – The Pune Cantonment boards will be going SWaCH as of the 1st of May. With a view to a cleaner cantonment and a greener environment, the PCB has appointed SWaCH Seva sahakari sanstha and its members who will be providing 100% Door to Door Collection of Waste from May 1, 2017 for over 10,000 homes and commercial establishments @ Rs. 1 per day for homes and Rs. 4 per day for shops. The collection will start from ward 8 of the PCB and will eventually cover wards 1,2 and 5 as well.

This will translate to no dumping or littering, better composting and recycling and keep our streets and bins litter free, said CEO PCB Dr. D N Yadav.  “It will improve our environment and create healthier lives we owe our children, as the integration of waste pickers will increase the amount of waste being composted and recycled. PCB will support the citizens and waste pickers establish the system by paying 50% of the user fees, which means that the citizens will be paying only Rs.30/ per month”

“Citizens must segregate waste to Wet and Dry and and-over waste to SWaCH Waste-Pickers” said Corporator of ward no 8 Ms Priyanka Srigiri who was present at the inaugural function on 29th April at the cantonment.  Kick starting the progamme with street play performed by SWaCH personnel and an awareness drive, the DTDC service will begin in full force as of the 1st of May.

Ms Suman More, President SWaCH welcomed the move and said that the user fee model makes the waste pickers directly accountable to the citizens and ensures a better system of waste management. “With a highly affordable monthly User Fees @ Rs. 30 for houses and Rs. 120 for shops, it is good that such a financially sound and environmentally impactful model is being adopted by more people. Within just the last year, by recycling over 50,000 Tons of Waste in 2016, SWaCH waste-pickers have directly contributed towards reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change mitigation.”, she said remarking on how they have saved 3,50,000 trees by recycling paper and have reduced 130,000 MTCO2EGreen House Gas Emissions  (Metric Tons Carbon Dioxide Equivalent) among other environmentally friendly impacts in Pune.

The user fee model mandated by the Government of India in its Solid waste management rules 2016, is expected to bring similar benefits to the PCB as well. PCB, the elected representatives and SWaCH have called upon the citizens to participate wholeheartedly and support the system.