PATNA: The Muzaffarpur Municipal Corporation in Bihar today rolled out an initiative for waste segregation at source in 14 wards across the city.
The launch of the initiative was announced here today by municipal commissioner Ramesh Ranjan Prasad.
This initiative is a result of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the Municipal Corporation and the New Delhi-based research and advocacy think-tank, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) to transform Muzaffarpur into a clean, smart city.
As per the MoU, CSE will help in developing a framework for better solid waste management in the city and in monitoring the programme. The execution of this project will be done by the Municipal Corporation.
“We want turn Muzaffarpur into a model of effective waste management and sanitation in the state of Bihar,” CSE deputy director general Chandra Bhushan said.
Addressing a gathering of waste collectors, ward parishad representatives, hotel managements and City Sanitation Task Force members, municipal commissioner Prasad urged them to join hands in this mission.
“Households should source segregate garbage into wet, dry and domestic hazardous waste in the designated bins – green, blue and red from now onwards,” he said.
According to available estimates, Muzaffarpur generates about 170 metric tonnes (MT) of waste on a daily basis, with per capita waste generation close to 300 grams per person per day.
The 49 wards of the city shall be transformed into clean wards by June 2017. At present, 200 waste collectors have already been trained to collect segregated waste in green, blue and red bins.