The Belgaum City Corporation (BCC) has decided to extend its house-to-house garbage collection programme to keep the city clean. “To prevent the open dumping of waste by the public, awareness programme regarding door to door collection and primary segregation has been taken up by the Belgaum City Corporation, Health officer, Environmental engineer and sanitary inspectors and other sanitary staff,” Municipal Commissioner Priyanka Francis told Clean India Journal.
United Social Welfare organization has also been engaged for creating awareness among the people at large, schoolchildren and other stake holders. About 50% of the city is under the programme and in these the Corporation has kept large containers where people can throw garbage.As many as 80 self-help groups are now involved in collecting garbage from households and commercial establishments in city through push carts and autorickshaws, according to reports. The BCC plans to increase this number to 200 by extending 50% bank loan to the interested parties for purchasing push carts and autorickshaws.
“We have already been charging garbage collection fee for commercial establishments as solid waste management tax. There are plans to collect tax from households on the same lines in the future,” said health officer Satish Potdar.