SRINAGAR: On Eid, Kashmir generated 580 metric tons (MT) of waste surpassing the previous year’s record of 450 MT and 532 MT for Eid-ul Fitr and Eid-ul Adha respectively.
The officials managing Achen land filling site said that they are expecting the figure to touch 600 MT in the next few days.
They said that on the last day of the holy month of Ramadan 579 MT of solid waste were dumped at the site.
Mudasir Ahmad, who handles the weighing bridge for a private company that presently manages the waste at Achen, told Kashmir Reader that the increase in waste generation during Eid was linked to the change in peoples’ consumption patterns.
He said that last year’s Eid-ul Fitr saw garbage collection figures touch 450 MT while as on Eid-ul-Adha, 532 MT of waste collection was recorded.
“From the past one year we are handling more waste at the site after an increase in the garbage collection fleet, but we may have to handle about 100 MT more of garbage at the site in coming days,” he said.
Bashir Ahmad, an official of Srinagar Municipal Corporation, said that on an average they deal with around 500 MT of waste generated around the city.
He said as sanitation workers would be resuming their duties after Eid, additional waste is expected to reach the site.
Mudasir also witnessed a significant surge in chicken waste on this Eid. As against 3 MT on normal days, the waste generation increased to 15 MT on Eid.
The highest ever waste disposal at the site has been after the September floods last year when the landfill site received 2422 MT of waste daily.
For two months the total waste generation touched 71444 MT after the floods.