GMC says won’t accept unsegregated waste from Dec 1

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2022 08:45 [IST]

Last Update: Tuesday, Nov 29, 2022 03:04 [IST]

GMC says won’t accept unsegregated waste from Dec 1

GANGTOK,: From December 1, Gangtok Municipal Corporation won’t be collecting waste from households if the same is not segregated at source.

Municipal commissioner R.B. Bhandari said, “From December 1, the GMC will collect the garbage only if the waste is segregated into dry and wet waste.”

Starting next month, there will be separate waste collection vehicles for Lall Bazaar and Arithang ward which will collect wet and dry waste separately. For other areas, the GMC, which currently operates 29 waste collection vehicles, will use same vehicle for both dry and wet waste. 

To ensure that unsegregated waste do not reach the dumping yard, the GMC officials will strictly monitor collection of wastes on December 1 when the new rule will be implemented.

“We will check if the waste is segregated at source or not. In case any household or citizens fail to comply, we will stop lifting their waste.”

The municipal commissioner said that in the next few days, intensive awareness drives will be carried out by the GMC who will appraise the residents of the importance of segregation of waste.  “By November 30, we aim to provide leaflet on the source segregation of waste to every populace within GMC. Likewise, we have plans to organise a quiz competition on November 30,” Bhandari said.

The GMC said it has already distributed two bins each, for dry waste and wet waste, to every household under GMC area.

“We are hopeful that the people residing within GMC area and the commercial establishments will extend their support in making this initiative a success and keep the city clean and hygienic,” the commissioner added.  

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi