Decision Maker Response

Randeep D’s response

May 30, 2020 — Dear Citizens,

I have taken note of this petition on Change.org started by Sanjay Mohan. The petition raises the issue of open handover of garbage (municipal solid waste) to waste collectors in bins rather than bio degradable bags and also transportation in open vehicles.

I would like to request all citizens and over 1 lakh supporters of this petition to make themselves aware of Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 which mandates compulsory segregation of waste in three streams of wet, dry and domestic hazardous wastes. Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike(BBMP) recommends use of closed reusable green bins for storing and handing over wet waste. Dry waste can be stored in a Blue Bin or a Reusable White Bag and handed over. Domestic Hazardous waste including Sanitary waste needs to be wrapped or put in paper bags and handed over. Accumulating all waste together or in plastic/biodegradable bags is not permitted as even biodegradable (compostable) bags are banned in the State of Karnataka.

All BBMP waste collectors have been given safety gear like gloves, masks, shoes and are being educated to wear them during work. They are being advised not to directly handle waste.

Moreover, only the primary Collection and Transportation(C&T) is happening in open auto-tippers for wet waste. But all secondary transportation of Solid waste is in closed compactor vehicles. Soon even the primary C&T of solid waste would be taken up in closed vehicles.

BBMP is following the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 and all guidelines of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board(KSPCB) and Central Pollution Control Board(CPCB) and would conform to all future directions from the statutory authorities.

I invite you to stay updated on the work we are doing by following us on Twitter @Randeep_Dev and @BBMPSWMSplComm

Yours sincerely,
Randeep D
Special Commissioner
Solid Waste Management
Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP)