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New rules for disposal of garbage

Cuttack: The municipal corporation will enforce a new set of regulations, including fines for littering roads in front of homes, for better segregation and disposal of waste.

The civic body will impose fines on people who throw trash on the road in front of their houses and fail to segregate waste at home or shops on a daily basis under the regulations. They will also have to pay users' fees for collection of the waste they generate.

The civic body will collect fines from "offenders" and users' fees from waste generators according to the solid waste management bye-laws it has formulated.

Municipal commissioner Bikash Ranjan Mohapatra said on Wednesday that the bye laws would be enforced along with the five-year contract with a new private operator for execution of the Integrated Solid Waste Management Policy - 2016.

"We will enforce the bye-laws to establish an integrated solid waste management system with the aim of reducing the amount of waste being disposed, while maximising resource recovery and efficiency," he said.

"We will focus on reduction and reuse at source, recycling, composting, waste to energy, disposal and eco-friendly waste management."

The new regulation empowers the civic body to collect fixed monthly basis users' fees from waste generators for purpose collection of garbage from homes and institutional waste generators.

Sources said the Solid Waste Management Bye-laws - 2017 categorises garbage generators, their responsibilities for solid and liquid waste disposal, list of offences for which fines will be imposed and the various waste generators who will have to pay users' fees.

Bidanasi resident Satyajit Ray said the civic body should launch an extensive awareness programme before implementing the new rules.

Badambadi resident Prafulla Mohanty said: "The civic body should first ensure that garbage and other waste were not left along major roads."

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