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Attention Mumbaikars! Convert Wet Waste Into Manure Or The BMC Won’t Pick Up Your Garbage

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) sent a notice to all housing complexes in Mumbai stating that the housing and commercial societies must not only segregate waste but also process its wet waste through composting

Attention Mumbaikars! Convert Wet Waste Into Manure Or The BMC Won’t Pick Up Your Garbage
  • Mumbai generates nearly 9,400 tonnes of waste daily
  • Less than 10% of waste is treated by BMC on landfills
  • BMC will not collect unsegregated waste from October 2

New Delhi: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) earlier this month notified all the housing and commercial societies in Mumbai to process its wet waste failing which one will be held responsible under the Solid Waste Management (SWM) Rules 2016. The move comes in at a time when the financial hub is generating nearly 9,400 tonnes of trash per day and is running out of space to discard its waste. Though the SWM rule say that residents must segregate their waste, the BMC has failed to process the waste and eventually everything is dumped in one of the three landfills – Deonar, Mulund and Kanjur Marg.

BMC has directed every housing/commercial society to process wet waste by vermi composting or by organic waste convertor (OWC) within their own premises. It is mandatory for large societies having an area more than 20,000 square metre or any housing society generating more than 100 kilos of waste per day to provide OWC unit or by any other means stated for converting wet waste into manure in their own premises, reads the notice.

As per the notice, citizens can opt from any method of composting including culture composting, vermi composting, organic waste convertor (OWC), bio-methanisation or any suitable scientific method. By October 2, large complexes having an area of more than 20,000 square metre or any housing society generating more than 100 kilos of waste per day must have an OWC or any other means of composting for converting wet garbage into manure in their own premises.

It shall be noted that it is mandatory for all housing and commercial societies to process wet waste into manure, failing which refuse vehicle services for collection of wet waste from your premises will be stopped from October 2, 2017, and responsibility of any hazards will be of your society which please note, the notice adds.

How Feasible Is Composting In Mumbai, Citizens Speak

Being the world’s second most densely populated city, shrinking spaces is a huge problem that stands in the way of waste management. With practically no open spaces available, installing OWC within premises is a concern raised by most of the citizens.

BMC so far been managing the garbage collection and now how come they expect the city to suddenly install these costly waste processors without defining any best practices and composting guidelines. Even if one wish to, it has lot of labour dependency and reoccurring cost, says Nitesh Jadhav.

He further raises concerns about the implementation process carried out by individual households, “Even a simple composting process requires 3-4 times of stirring every day and a failure to do so will only rotten the organic waste. In a fast paced lifestyle like ours, no one has the time to regularly take up composting process and if it is not maintained properly it’s a huge health risk.” Mr Jadhav, who is working towards implementing 100% source segregation in his area, believes that composting is not something that can be implemented by everyone at such a short notice, “On paper the entire plan looks attractive, but as a lay man one can goof up the process. The civic body must facilitate, hire or appoint professional groups or NGOs that are willing to own this task.”

Also Read: Mumbai’s Commercial Building Marches Forward To Save The Deonar Landfill, Pledges To Reduce 16,000 Kilos Of Wet Waste By End Of This Year

Raising a similar concern, Dr Vani Kulhalli, an active member of Swachh Parle Abhiyan, a local waste management group, says the BMC needs to be an intermediator, “Merely sending out a circular won’t help, it needs to conduct awareness lessons and teach people how to compost.” She also points out the several problems that can arise especially during monsoon season, “Organic waste can easily become a breeding ground for fruit flies and other insects in this season.”

Every house generates nearly 1 kilo of wet waste daily, if a citizen can’t manage this much of waste, how can we expect the BMC to manage 1000 tonnes of waste? It is just a mental block that citizens have when it comes to storing waste at home. It is high time Mumbaikars start following ‘My Garbage, My Responsibility’ mantra says Shrikant Kanetkar, who has mastered the art of composting in last one year.

Speaking on the issue of composting in commercial buildings, Kunti Oza, Chairperson of Clean Mumbai Foundation hopes that this is not just another piece of notice that goes unheard, “A help from BMC is certainly expected. People are ready but things like investments, maintenance cost of these waste processors needs to be addressed.” Ms Oza’s foundation is actively working towards reducing waste generation in one of the city’s posh commercial areas – Mittal Chambers located at Nariman Point.

While some housing societies are skeptical about the move, many buildings have already started to process its wet waste. One such building is Oberoi Equisite, a highrise in Goregaon East, which is converting all its wet garbage (nearly 500 kilos) into manure daily, “We have two composting plants and all the wet waste generated from 800 plus flats get processed. We started this process 7 months back and it has only made our building greener,” says Rajeev Shandilya.

It is estimated that a family of four can reduce their waste generation to less than 100 kilos from 1000 kilos annually, if it starts practicing segregation, recycling and composting on a daily basis. Imagine 90 per cent of waste in Mumbai fading overnight by adopting a simple art of composting!

Also Read:  From Garbage To Garden: Learn The Art Of Composting At Home



  1. Jayant Joshi

    July 31, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    For composting in the house it requires only 1’X1.5’space.for society of 40 members it requires only 2’X3’aera .even on terrace you can do it . This is nothing but arrogance that we are paying taxes so BMC should take care of our waste . If you want to know about science about composting pl write to jayanyjoshi55@gmail.com or whatsup 9969634182

  2. Priya J

    August 6, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Segregation of food waste, plastic waste and recycled waste is done in every room in a school at Chennai and proper waste management practices are encouraged by the school among the students by taking many efforts. Also, food waste are composted in the school and used as a source of organic fertilizer in the school garden. Students gain this knowledge and carry it home,are encouraged to implement the same in their houses.
    Also, field visits are organised by the school to the students where students learn organic agriculture by giving students practices to prepare compost pit, CPP preparation etc; also, different agriculture practices in farm followed during different times in a year-which students enjoy and learn. Recently, even the school has started giving the students idea about environmental friendly dry toilets.
    I feel, that every school must take such efforts and bring about the responsibility in the minds of students to keep their environment clean by following proper waste segregation at home and to avoid food wastage by making them realize that food production/agriculture is not a easy job.


    March 17, 2018 at 11:11 am


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