In a meeting on Friday, Noida Authority has decided to implement the Solid Waste Management Rule, 2016 in all hotels, commercial offices and gated societies that are built on a plot size of over 5000 square meters. In addition to this, they also have to make arrangements to segregate biodegradable waste and turn it into compost within the society and office area. Those who found disobeying the rule will liable to pay a penalty of ₹1 lakh and have to serve 5 years jail term. You all there will be surprised to know that every day, Noida alone generates a massive 660 metric tons of municipal waste.
As per the Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2016, ordered by the Union ministry of environment, forests and climate change, all buildings (including residential, institutional or industrial) having more than 5000 square meters of an area are responsible to segregate biodegradable waste at source. Also, all the biodegradable waste have to be turned into compost.
As per the rule 15 of Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, anyone who fails to obey any of the provisions stated in the rule will be liable to serve a jail term of up to 5 years. Apart from it, he or she has to pay a fine of ₹1 lakh or both. Anyone who continues to fail its implementation, an additional fine will be imposed on the violators that may extend up to ₹5000 a day.
The Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in Noida Authority, Rajesh Kumar Singh said, “In compliance with the solid waste management rules, we have issued directions to all our departments to send out notices to all waste generators in the city to conform to the rules. Failure to comply with the rules will attract action as stipulated in the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986”.
The decision was taken as National Green Tribunal (NGT) on 24th November directed Noida Authority to make sure that all the RWAs in Noida segregate their waste and convert it into compost in their premises. As per the comments made by the officials, the offices and societies have to separate all the waste into those that can be turned into compost and that can be recycled. The recyclable one has to be the authorised recyclers and authorised waste pickers. Apart from this, the residual waste left after composting has to be handed over to the authorised waste collectors.
Rajesh Kumar Singh also said that there are around 50 group housing societies, 200 RWAs, and about 50 private companies, 150 schools, 25 colleges, and 150 hotels and restaurants in Noida. He further added, “On our part, the Noida Authority is already extending financial support to RWAs in the city for procuring compost machines, wherein we bear 75% of the cost of the machine”.