Gurgaon: Sector 45 is the only residential sector from Gurgaon that has been selected to run a pilot project for waste segregation at source in the NCR under a programme of the Union urban development ministry. Under the project, residents will work with the MCG to educate ragpickers, and ensure segregation of garbage at source.
The sector's resident welfare association (RWA) was also rewarded by Union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu when the programme — Segregation of Municipal Waste at Source Initiative for NCR — was officially launched on the occasion of World Environment Day on June 5.
"We will be ensuring that all residents in the sector segregate their waste at home and put wet waste and dry waste in different bins. The wet waste will be turned into compost at a composting unit in the sector, whereas the dry waste will be sent to the MCG waste site," said Surender Kaushik, RWA president, Sector 45.
While green bins will be used for wet waste, dry waste will go in blue bins. A waste composting unit has already been installed in the sector.
"Moreover, all ragpickers in the area will be issued government identity cards so that it becomes easier for us to identify and educate them about waste segregation at source. They will be paid at the already prevailing rates," said Kaushik.
MCG officials said Sector 45 has been rewarded by the Union government for its efforts towards making the area a "zero-waste" zone.
"As a part of our efforts in realising the objectives of Swachh Bharat mission, we are driving 'segregation at source' as a focus agenda, and undertaking multiple initiatives towards sensitising and creating mass awareness around it, with the Gurgaon residents. Like other sectors, we worked closely with Sector 45 RWA, supported by NGO Saahas, to create door-to-door awareness around the importance and benefits of waste segregation and composting," Gaurav Antil, joint commissioner of MCG, told TOI.
"MCG also constructed and handed over a wet garbage compost plant to the residents of the sector, which is now being managed by the RWA. Other sectors and societies across the four zones in Gurgaon have also come forward and shown interest in adopting the programme for their areas," he added.