Namchi, October 7: New measures have been announced by the Central and State Governments for plastic waste reduction recently. In line with this, the State Pollution Control Board – Sikkim organized a sensitization programme on municipal solid waste management on 6th October 2021 at the State Institute of Rural Development, Karfectar, South Sikkim.
The programme was organized for Councillors of South and West District urban local bodies. The Councillors from Namchi Municipal Council and Geyzing and Naya Bazar-Jorethang Urban Local Bodies participated.
The Chairman SPCB-Sikkim Dr. Thomas Chandy, emphasized the role of public representatives in motivating people towards segregated and safe disposal of solid wastes. The participant Councillors showed interest in obtaining information on technologies for waste management such as shredders and compost machines.
Welcoming the participants, Dr. Gopal Pradhan, Member Secretary, SPCB-Sikkim mentioned the challenge faced by urban local bodies all over the country in managing solid wastes due to the consumerist trend of modern society. He stated that responsible behaviour by all can go a long way in controlling pollution from solid wastes.
Joint Director SPCB-Sikkim, Smt. Kusum Gurung explained the principles of solid waste management and its reflection in the Solid Waste Management and Plastic Waste Management Rules of 2016. She emphasized on the importance of the segregation of wastes into biodegradable, non-biodegradable and domestic hazardous wastes by the waste generators and how this facilitates waste management at subsequent stages in landfills.
Executive Environmental Engineer SPCB – Sikkim Shri Ranjan Rai provided a glimpse into the technologies for waste management available which ought to be introduced for minimization of waste entering landfills.
Two presentations were also made during the course of the programme.
The programme also witnessed an interactive session was also held.
Earlier, a similar programme was conducted for the Councillors of East and North Sikkim on 28th September 2021 at Gangtok.
(Press Release from the Office of Chairman State Pollution Control Board – Sikkim)