Waive Off ‘SWM Cess' for individual households & apartments who compost wet waste.

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Sign this petition to endorse progressive and sustainable actions that will make “Namma Bengaluru’’ a city that will compost, recycle and reuse wet waste.

It is increasingly getting difficult to find a solution to city’s growing waste. If the BBMP & Govt of Karnataka waives off the ‘SWM Cess’ for individual households and apartments, who manage and compost their ‘Wet Waste’ in-situ, it would incentivise more households and apartments to start composting in their own homes and premises. This will greatly reduce the quantum of waste the city has to manage daily and the financial burden of waste management.

Details: Bengaluru generates almost 5,000 tonnes of Solid Waste every day. Managing city's waste has become a herculean task for the agencies. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) spends ₹1100 Cr plus to collect, transport, process and manage the 'wet waste' & 'dry waste'.

Out of the ₹1100 Cr per annum (approx.) spent by BBMP, ₹250 Cr per annum is the estimated ‘SWM Cess’ whereas only ₹50-60 Cr is collected.

Minimum SWM Cess collected per household: ₹120 per annum.
Maximum SWM Cess collected per household: ₹600 per annum.
The cost per tonne for collection, transportation and processing waste is ₹6800/tonne (Source: BBMP) including management and administration overhead costs will arrive at ₹11,000 - ₹12,000/tonne.

Compost Buyback: Due to the lack of a proper channel for collection and distribution, the compost generated at homes and communities is being sold off at throwaway prices. We urge the Govt of Karnataka and the BBMP to help communities make composting a self-sustaining activity.

The BBMP must facilitate buyback of the compost generated at homes and apartments at subsidized rates and set up a proper channel for collecting and distributing it to the farming community. This will further encourage households and apartments to start composting in their own homes and premises.

Please note that, a signed copy of this petition will reach each and every decision maker connected with the waste management stream in Bengaluru. Thank you for your cooperation and support!



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