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MCG emphasises on tackling e-waste

Gurugram: In order to make the city clean and prepare for swachatta survekshan 2020, the Municipal Corporation of Gururgam reviewed the waste policy. More emphasis was given on tackling the e-waste that is being generated in the city. Taking cognizance of the situation, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has now again introduced certain laws to make the city clean.

Specifically mentioning the shopkeepers and vendors, the Gurugram civic body has warned that heavy fines will be levied on those who will be found littering in the public spaces. Accountability of institutions like hotels, restaurants and societies have also been fixed by the MCG. Bringing in the retrospective law of 2016 of solid waste management rules, it has been stated categorically that those units that will be generating 100 kilograms per day will also have the responsibility of also recycling some of the waste themselves. It is important to note that most of the residential societies have already undertaken the investments in composting units.

MCG has formed a framework to deal with the e-waste. Under this framework. Under this framework, the MCG has hired a private agency for collecting and recycling e-waste from residential and commercial complexes across the city on a pilot basis, officials said. It is first time that the civic body has taken any action regarding e-waste in the city, the MCG officials said.

Items such as laptops, computers, microwaves, tube lights, bulbs, batteries, mobile phone and laptop chargers, television set-top boxes, modems, and doorbells are classified as e-waste.

Currently, there is no data on e-waste or process in place for segregating it, which consequently ends up at the Bandhwari landfill which is already being plagued with the problem of rising mounds of garbage.

As per MCG officials, Deswal Waste Management, an agency certified by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), has been hired for e-waste management. As a part of this initiative, the private firm also created 100 collection points by placing e-waste collection bins across the city to facilitate responsible dumping of e-Waste. These bins were placed at various locations which can be accessed easily by the public.

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