Bengaluru/ Bangalore: waste, waste management
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Generation of garbage, 2001-15
From handling only 200 tonnes of garbage per dayin 2000-01, the Bengaluru municipal corporation found itself having to deal with a massive 3,700 tonnes in 2015, that’s a whopping rise in workload by over 17 times (1,750%). During the same time, its population — which generates the largest amount of waste — grew only by about 60%.
Bengaluru’s garbage generation rate surged more than all other major cities barring New Delhi.
While Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the sole authority accountable for handling the mess and menace, appears pretty helpless, the city’s waste woes also has genesis in the way it grew disproportionate to its population in the past 15 years, pointing fingers at increas-Some argue that the addition of 10 wards and 111villages to convert Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BMP) into BBMP, which saw the city’s geographical area double from about 326sq km to over 700 sq km, is a major reason for such an increase.
However, Sarfaraz Khan, joint commissioner, health and solid waste management (SWM), BBMP, says: “The garbage generated in new areas is very less. The increase can be attributed to consumerism. There are more and more packages… eating out has increased. The population density has increased, and the genera-Incidentally, data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) also points to the same: The present per capita generation of 0.40 kg/day can be attributed more to the Bengaluru’s development, for, in just five years between 2000 and 2005, when the IT industry was growing considerably, the solid waste generation increased a whopping 734.5% from 200 tonne per day to1,669 tonne per day.
In 2015, 10 years later, it jumped to 3,700 tonne per day, a 117% jump. In fact, barring Delhi, whose garbage generation grew by over 2,000% in thesame period, no other major city has shown such drastic increase: Kolkata (8.34%); Chennai (60.05%); Ahmedabad (48.5%) and Mumbai (105.41%).
In 2012, the Bengaluru’s garbage mess hit global headlines fetching it the tag ‘Garbage City’, a complete shift from its more popular