The capital city of India to get its first zero waste colony – Vasundhara Enclave
Around 2,800 MT of waste is generated every day in East Delhi, of which around 2,500 MT is dumped at the Ghazipur landfill site. Since there is no garbage segregation mechanism, a lot of methane is released at the landfill site which leads to fires on a regular basis. So, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation has decided to implement a zero waste management plan in Vasundhara Enclave and make it a model colony.
NGO named Chintan has submitted an action plan for the purpose and the same has has been approved. The idea is to ensure that no dumping and littering is done in this residential locality.
If our experiment in Vasundhara Enclave is successful, the plan will be replicated in Preet Vihar as well. It will create awareness among residents about how to segregate their day-to-day waste in separate bags. We will collect the segregated waste and take it to a material recovery facility, said east corporation commissioner Mohanjeet Singh.
The manpower, equipment and land for setting up the facility will be provided by the civic body. Wet waste will go to compost pits and e-waste will be sent to a recycle centre. Ragpickers will be told to collect recyclable items from dry waste and the rest will go to the landfill site.
There are 46 housing societies with 5,522 households in the Vasundhara Enclave. The colony generates nearly 6 metric tonnes of waste on a daily basis, which comprises 40% dry waste and 60% wet garbage. The NGO will also initiate an e-waste collection drive with the help of RWAs.