The city corporation is planning to add 370 light commercial vehicles to its fleet of 209 to improve door-to-door garbage collection.
While each vehicle can collect waste from 1,000 houses, officials estimated that 370 more vehicles are required to reach 5.5 lakh houses and small commercial establishments. “We studied various combinations and scenarios to find out cost-effective means of doorstep collection and found that waste collection using the light commercial vehicle is the most efficient way.
Not only does it reduce the cost involved but also brings down manpower requirements. As per Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, garbage should see a smaller number of changes in hand,” said corporation commissioner Raja Gopal Sunkara.
Currently, pushcarts are used by conservancy workers to collect waste from houses. The collected waste is shifted to light commercial vehicles, thereby involving more people. “We will focus on door-to-door garbage collection in 2022.
Better segregation at the source level will also help to reduce dumping in the Vellalore yard. We are monitoring the routes of the light commercial vehicles to make sure that they stick to the routes,” Sunkara said. Bulk waste generators should set up their composting units to treat the waste they generate.
Apartments, hotels and marriage halls constitute the major bulk waste generators. Those who are not able to set up composting units can tie up with the private agencies identified by the corporation and hand over the waste for a fee.
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