Goa state pollution control board cracks whip on municipalities

PANAJI: The Goa state pollution control board (GSPCB) sought details from all municipalities regarding the quantity of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste being collected within their jurisdiction, and directed them to begin the process of segregation.

After a sub-committee meeting of the GSPCB's monitoring-cum-working committee, municipal officers were taken to the Corporation of city of Panaji' animal shelter and shown how segregation is done, in four categories- glass, metal, plastic and paper.

"The municipal officers were asked to ensure segregation in a similar manner in their council jurisdiction, to reduce the load on the landfill," member secretary of the GSPCB, Levinson Martins, said, adding that consultant Patricia Pinto has agreed to train the workers. The training could be scheduled in consultation with the GSPCB, Martins said.

Another meeting was held with private contractors who collect wet and dry garbage from hotel units and scrap yard owners. During the meeting, contractors said that they have piggeries and dairies which consume bio-degradable waste collected, while non-biodegradable waste is given to recyclers.

The GSPCB also directed private contractors to submit details such as the name of the agency, location of operation, approvals for carrying out the activities from government panchayat authorities, if any, and land possession documents such as survey plan, forms I & XIV and storage space available.

The contractors were also asked to submit details like the name of hotels or restaurants they collect waste from, and the quantity of waste collected by them, including bio-degradable, non-biodegradable, recyclable and non-recyclable, said Martins.

There were two scrap yard operators present at the meeting. GSPCB directed them to provide the names of establishments from whom they collect waste, and the quantity of non-recyclable waste.

The scrap yard operators were also asked to communicate these instructions to all other scrap yard operators dealing with plastic waste and other combustible non-recyclable waste.

The board also decided to send a similar communication to all private contractors collecting waste, and to the director of the department of industry, trade and commerce (DITC), to seek details from scrap yard operators, in the format attached, said Martins. [TOI]