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    Petitioning shyamala , maithili

    ZERO LANDFILL- REUSE THE REFUSE

              ZERO LANDFILL- REUSE THE REFUSE In Pune during the last few years we are witnessing a huge rise in the quantity of dry waste, recyclable and non-recyclable collected by Pune Municipal Corporation ( PMC) from the doors of our citizens. It is a different story of what is done or treatment of that dry non-recyclable waste collected. It is true we are witnessing waste dumped in open plots, public and private, gardens and parks, streets and every other possible place. Equally hazardous practice of burning the waste is rampant across Pune causing huge health risk to our citizens especially the medically vulnerable population and the poor. There are projects initiated by PMC to handle this dry waste collected which, to put it mildly, is not upto the mark and many a times has let us down. Also the current business model is uneconomical as PMC is required to incur tipping fees of Rs 390/MT plus labor plus transportation costs and only half the daily waste collected is processed and the rest of it goes into landfill which is undesirable. It is also reported the project contractors who handle this are demanding a huge increase in tipping fees from the current Rs 390 to Rs 700 per MT. The result is total unsustainable and environmentally unfriendly waste processing methods are employed which needs to stop forthwith.  To this end National Society for Clean Cities (NSCC) , an NGO working at the grassroots level, has proposed the following solution for the treatment of dry non-recyclable waste. We are proposing the concept of Co-processing of combustible non-recyclable waste collected by PMC . Co-processing is a preferred solution in the waste management and ranks higher than incineration and landfill. Co-processing is also recognised as a Waste to Energy Technology in SWM rules. Co-processing is substantially beneficial to Industry and community. To state a few 1) Provides a permanent solution to the waste management problem 2) Reduces emission and GHG 3) Lessens reliance on fossil fuels 4) Preserves natural resources. A cement company has given a written commitment to PMC to process 100 MT/Day combustible non-recyclable dry waste and offered to collect the waste from the municipal corporation. The Cement company has agreed to run this trial initially for a month. The waste will be used as a fuel in the manufacture of cement. Cement kilns offer a great opportunity for solving the disposal issue of the combustible fraction. In cement kilns, the dry waste not only gets disposed of in an environmentally sound manner but also it gets utilized as an Alternative Fuel if the quality of the same is tuned to the acceptable level of cement kilns and commercially it gets defined as an attractive proposition. If this “ Proof of concept “ is satisfactorily demonstrated to the PMC authorities, which we are sure can be achieved, we can dispose all the waste, dry non-recyclable, ie approx 700 MT/Day in a more scientific and environmentally friendly way. As this Co-processing trial requires the consent of the General Body of the PMC,which will convene on the 21st April, it is our appeal to all responsible citizens to sign this petition immediately for submission to the mayor of Pune for a favorable decision. NSCC 17/4/2021    

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