As many as 50,000 glass bottles were used to construct the compound walls of the Solid Waste Resource Management Centres that were inaugurated on the islands of Long island and Rangat on October 17, 2020. The Centres set up under Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G) are one-stop points for scientific management and disposal of both organic and inorganic waste.
Shri Abhishek Dev, Secretary – Rural Development/Panchayat inaugurated the facilities during his visit to the North and Middle Andaman District, in the presence of Shri Aom Dhole, DANICS (Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu Civil Service) Assistant Commissioner, Rangat and Shri Lakshay Singhal.
Speaking on the occasion, the Secretary exhorted the effective utilization of the assets and requested the village communities to actively participate in the waste management process, with a view to realizing the vision of Swachh Andamans.
Now that the SWM Centre is in place, organic waste from the kitchen and garden collected from both rural households and commercial establishments will be converted to organic manure through composting.
On the other hand, in-organic waste such as plastic, metal, glass, etc. will be first segregated at the resource centre. While the non-recyclable plastic waste will be shredded into granules with the help of a shredding machine and thereafter used for road construction; the recyclable plastic and other waste will be bailed using a bailing machine and transported to the Mainland through recyclers.
Notably, a provision has been made for disposal of hazardous waste such as Sanitary Napkins etc., using incinerators.
The Department of RD, PRIs and ULBs (Rural Development, Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies) is setting up 26 such SWM resource centres across the Islands covering all the 70 Gram Panchayats.
A proposal is also on the anvil to provide battery operated vehicles to each of the Gram Panchayats for door to door segregated collection of garbage.
Inputs: Mohammed Yunus M, State Nodal Officer (SBM-G)