In a bid to map Mumbai’s actual waste collection from every area—what time it was collected from a particular society, is it being segregated into wet and dry and, if treated, what kind of treatment is used—the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will place QR code stickers outside every gated community.
The pilot project is expected to take off from the BMC’s T-Ward, which includes Mulund, as it is smaller than the others with just 2,000 formal complexes and around 50 little slum colonies. While the BMC collects 7,000 metric tonne of garbage daily, from T-Ward alone it gathers 135 MT a day; on some days, it rises to 165 MT. In case of civic wards such as K-West, which includes parts of Andheri such as Lokandwala, Versova and Juhu, the daily garbage collection exceeds 400MT.
A BMC official said, they will visit housing societies to paste QR code stickers and also educate residents about the initiative. “One of main aims for the initiative is to track the kind of waste that comes out of every area and also ensure 100 per cent collection. Currently, no adequate mapping is done to measure the garbage coming from every area and whether there has been an increase or decrease in the kind of waste. This app will help track it. Besides, we would be able to ascertain if a society taking a rebate over its property tax is not giving out its waste to collection trucks. In case the QR code is not scanned, we will understand garbage has not been collected,” said the official.
The BMC has also prepared a dashboard on which all data scanned through the QR code will be reflected. Uploading information on the portal will be a pre-requisite for residential societies to be eligible for rebate for property tax.