A 20-acre plot, barely 9 km from the airport has been identified for setting up a waste-recycling centre, where daily waste from new town, Bidhannagar and three boroughs of the city would be taken. Only waste that cannot be recycled, which experts say is usually 20 per cent of the total generated waste, goes to a dumping site. Waste management specialists said such facilities are the only way forward in managing waste in a city like Kolkata.
The current practice of dumping waste at a disposal site must end because of land scarcity and environmental hazards, the experts said. Almost all the city’s waste is now dumped at Dhapa and waste generated in New Town and Bidhannagar is dumped at Mollar Bheri.
The proposed waste-recycling centre at Patharghata in Rajarhat would take at least a year to be set up but once it is functional, waste dumped in landfill sites would be reduced by nearly 80 per cent, a waste management specialist involved with the project said.
The waste-recycling unit would only receive waste from boroughs I, III and VII of the Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) besides New Town and Bidhannagar. Borough I covers places between Sinthee and Bagbazar, and parts of Sovabazar; Borough III covers places like Ultadanga and Narkeldanga; and Borough VII includes Chingrighata and other areas along EM Bypass.