Soon, you will have to pay user fee for garbage disposal
Soon, you will have to pay a user fee for the garbage you generate in your home. Rates will differ for commercial entities, hotels, nursing homes and marriage halls. Apart from this, the BBMP plans to ban plastics bags in malls and supermarkets.
BBMP is planning to bring a green revolution in Bangalore. Taking a leaf out of San Francisco’s effective waste management system, BBMP commissioner Siddaiah said the civic body was planning to introduce an user fee for garbage disposal, based on the quantum of garbage produced. San Francisco council does not tax citizens but collects a fee for the garbage they generate. Each household in Bangalore will have to pay a fee for garbage disposal, the commissioner said while making a presentation on solid waste management before a delegation from San Francisco. Rates will differ for commercial entities, hotels, nursing homes and marriage halls, he said.
Siddaiah said, "There are different opinions on garbage cess. In San Francisco, there is no outgo from the civic agency and the public pay directly to the private company. But in Bangalore, BBMP pays to contractors for the solid waste that they collect.'' In rare praise, Mr Robert Haley, recycling programme manager from the department of environment of San Francisco said, “Bangalore is dealing with solid waste management effectively.”
In November 2009, the BBMP and County of San Francisco signed an MoU with regard to solid waste management, public health, public education, environmental issues, usage of power and water. BBMP had mooted garbage cess to mop up its revenue. Under the cess method, BBMP collects it along with the property tax while the user fee will be done through a private company which will collect it on behalf of the civic agency.
The process must be lucrative to public and they must be packaged in such a way that public start realizing the value of everything thrown, Robert Haley, recycling program manager, San Francisco Dept of environment. "For one ton of garbage thrown, $ 28 would be collected as user fee. But the fee is only for the thrash thrown and not for the recyclable and compostable waste," he said.
Yet another lesson from San Francisco is banning plastic usage in super markets and malls. "San Francisco has successfully implemented the plastic ban in malls, which we want to replicate in Bangalore," Siddaiah said. "Consumers can only use reusable carry bags, recyclable plastic bags. The systemic segregation of waste at source and its scientific management has made use of recycle and process 77% of the total garbage collected and only 23% of the waste goes to scientific landfills," Haley said.
However, converting garbage as a source of energy has not been experimented in San Francisco. BBMP is all set to install Biomethynisation plant in the city, with technical assistance from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai. "Government approval for the project is awaited,'' said Siddaiah.