One of the newly installed hanging metal bins at Jubilee Park. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Utility provider Jusco has a new weapon in its crusade against litter menace.
The Tata subsidiary has started a drive to install hanging metal bins for disposal of garbage at parks and about 54 residential apartments that fall in its command area. The move assumes significance in a city that generates 280 tonnes of solid waste daily.
Earlier this month, 10 such bins were installed at Jubilee Park.
About 20 have also been placed at apartments in Jusco areas and more will follow.
The civic guardian also plans to install similar bins at places of interest like Nildih Park, Bhetiya Park and Dimna reservoir. Waste collected in the bins will be removed regularly by Jusco health department.
Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan said the hanging bins were being introduced to minimise litter at public places and residential apartments.
“We found during a survey that animals, especially stray dogs and cows, climbed over or pushed public dustbins while looking for food. This left the ground littered. Hanging dustbins placed at a height of more than five feet above the ground would ensure that animals cannot reach them,” he added.
Rajan further said that they would place adequate number of such bins in residential apartments.
“Denizens often throw waste in roadside drains and vacant spots as there are a few bins around. Once these bins are in place, they can easily dispose of waste,” he said.
Meanwhile, bins placed at Jubilee Park seem to be doing a good job.
Bistupur-based trader and vice-president of Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry Suresh Sonthalia, who is a regular morning walker at Jubilee Park, was full praise for the new initiative.
“At night, stray animals look around for food in waste bins. So, earlier, when I went out for morning walk, I found garbage strewn around in the park. However, after the installation of these bins, I do not find the park littered any more,” he said.