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UP pollution board issues notices to 300 institutes for violation of waste management rules

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Times of India
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The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) has issued notices to over 300 institutions— including schools, hospitals, hotels private colonies, government bodies and other commercial units— of five districts for ‘violation of solid waste management rules’. This is the maximum number of violations that has surfaced in the Agra district. The board has warned of strict action if the required improvements are not made within 15 days. 

The list of violators that is available with TOI include— Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Agra College, St John’s College, Dayalbagh deemed university, RBS degree college, SN Medical College, Lady Lyall Hospital, Institute of Mental Health and Hospital, Military hospital etc. 

Under the solid waste management rules, 2016, all premises established over 5,000 square meter of land are required to make their own arrangement for segregation and disposal of waste. 

Besides Agra, 78 notices have been issued to bulk waste generators in Kanpur; 76 in Lucknow; 25 in Varanasi; and 38 in Gorakhpur. 

The national green tribunal (NGT) has defined bulk waste generators as those having average waste generation rate exceeding 100 kg per day —all waste streams put together. 

According to the officials, the notices have been issued following a survey that had taken place all the districts. 

Talking to TOI, UPPCB member secretary Ashish Tiwari said, “So far, 319 notices have been issued to bulk waste generators of five districts for non-compliance of solid waste management rules, even after much delay. They have been asked to make time-bound improvement or develop a work plan, and provide details to the board within 15 days. Otherwise, legal action will be taken under the environment protection act, 1986.” 

Under the solid waste management rules 2016, bulk waste generators are required to segregate and store the waste generated in three separate containers— bio-degradable, non-biodegradable and domestic hazardous wastes. 

The bio-degradable should be processed and reused as compost or biogas. Non-biodegradable waste should be handed to waste collectors of the civic body. Segregated hazardous wastes should be handover to authorized waste pickers appointed by the civic bodies.

According to the UPPCB officials, the waste generators, who have been issued notices, have no setup for conversion of green waste into compost. Besides, several institutes don’t even segregate waste into three categories.

Under the norms, UPPCB reserves the right to lodge FIR against managers of the bulk garbage generators for not following standard rules.

Under the environment protection act, there is a provision of five-year imprisonment and a penalty of Rs 25,000 for mismanagement of solid waste causing pollution.

Author: Sustainability Outlook Desk