Source segregation is a concept where the generator of the water segregates waste in pre defined groups to enable higher resources recovery through recycling. Source segregation leads to higher recovery of recyclables hence saving the limited natural resources + landfill space.
The solid waste management by rules 2016 states that it is the responsibility of the generators to segregate waste into three categories – wet, dry and hazardous waste and handover the segregated waste to authorised waste collectors or local bodies.
Wet waste is biodegradable, dry waste includes plastic paper, metal, wood among others. Domestic hazardous waste includes napkins and recycling, empty containers of cleaning agents, mosquito repellents etc. This was reiterated in Delhis solid waste management by laws notified in January 2018. However a majority of Delhi is yet to implement segregation of waste at source be it households, hotels, restaurants or other waste generators.
The supreme Court has last year while hearing a case initiated by it to curb dengue deaths in the city – the problem of solid waste management in Delhi will certainly require the active cooperation and assistance of the residents considering the fact that their position is very critical.
The committee which submitted its report to the top court in January this year stated that 3 of the urban local bodies (ULBs) – East Delhi municipal corporation, South Delhi municipal corporation and North Delhi municipal corporation had negligible segregation at source.
There is no such thing as away
When we throw anything away it must go somewhere (Annie Leonard)