Whistle blowers to monitor garbage dumping at Ponda


Taking cues from student ‘whistle blowers’ at the ongoing IFFI, the Ponda Municipal Council (PMC) has decided to depute its own “whistle blowers” to keep a check on indiscriminate dumping of garbage in Ponda city.
The move is to embarrass those dumping garbage indiscriminately in the Ponda city, as well as to spread public awareness on the importance of segregation.
According to reports, PMC has cleared about 19 of the 30 garbage collections points and the remaining points will be cleared by Tuesday.
“We have identified various spots in the city and have kept two bins, one for wet and the other for dry waste collection. We will deploy daily wage workers at these points to spread awareness among public, not to dump garbage recklessly and to educate them on the importance of segregation,” PMC Chief Officer Johnson Fernandes told Herald.
“There are instances where people directly throw waste packed in plastic bags at the garbage collection points. We aim to stop such activity and urge people to cooperate. Workers deployed at the sites will be given whistles so that they can blow it whenever people throw garbage packed in plastic bags. We hope it will work,” said Fernandes.
Meanwhile, PMC undertook dry waste (only paper, plastic, glass bottle, tubes and bulbs, etc) segregation at Bond-baag, an earlier garbage disposal site that was abandoned a couple of years ago due to public opposition.
Fernandes further informed that they aim to achieve 100 per cent at source segregation of garbage.
Presently, daily wage workers have to manually segregate wet waste collected daily.
Recently, Fernandes convened a meeting with some hoteliers in Ponda and it is believed that it has yielded good results.
According to sources, in Ponda city there are about 100 hotels of which 25 generate most of the garbage.
PMC Municipal Engineer Vinay Dessai along with other staff will visit remaining hoteliers and request them not to dump garbage at the collection points. Hoteliers will also be instructed to segregate garbage, which will be collected by the PMC workers daily.
“So far, we have got good response from the hoteliers. The garbage collected from the hotels is treated in the organic waste converter installed adjacent to the PMC office,” said Fernandes. [H]