The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is re-framing its waste management laws. They have published a revised circular on the 1st of March 2019 to deal with the exceeding garbage menace in the city. The BBMP committee said collection, transportation and disposal of mixed waste in the city were not in compliance with the law. Also, the ban on the use of plastic was not being observed. The notification further raises that a huge amount of disposables, plastics and mixed waste was being burnt or dumped which harms the environment.
For effective law implication, any failure to abide by these revised norms will invite penalty on part of the delinquent citizen. The penalty would imply for individuals and organizations which are using flex, plastic sheets, thermocols for food and drinks. It would also look upon the non-segregation of waste and non-provision of waste segregation bins. The effort has given a boost to Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 by strengthening the existing framework. It has also given impetus and stressed on the need of sincere implementation of the Swachh Bharat Mission led by PM Narendra Modi in 2014.
Through this circular, BBMP attempts to revisit its existing practices and evolve a “tapping at root solution” to deal with waste management. The notification mandates segregation of waste at source. It introduces major reform to deal with the waste generated due to events in the city. They have made sustainable solid waste management compulsory at public and private events. This waste is generated through residual food, disposables like flowers, packaging material wrappers and single-use plastic water bottles. The circular overlooks function, seminars, conferences and get-togethers of social, cultural and religious.
As said by BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad, the notification largely implies to a public or private gathering of over 25 people at a place. If these gatherings are serving food/beverages or products that lead to the generation of waste like paper pamphlets, packaging material or sanitary waste.
He further added that the public events in venues like fairgrounds, open grounds and public utility grounds belonging to BBMP would be put under scrutiny. The private events being organised in enclosed private properties like educational or religious institutions, sports stadium, apartments and residences would also be governed. He asserted that based on their findings, the organisers of many public and private events are flouting the waste management rules. Therefore, to assure compliance by these rules, they have reformulated and published the laws with strict norms to follow.

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