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Summary: 28-12-2005


The Municipal Solid Waste (Prohibition of Littering and Regulation of Segregation, Storage, Delivery and Collection) Rules 2006


A. Littering Rules: (Also covered u/s 368 in Nuisance)


Anyone doing the following in any public place not specifically designated for that purpose shall be fined:


1.       Littering: Littering or throwing waste in any public place or in any water body.

2.       Creating nuisance: Bathing, spitting, urinating, defecating, feeding birds and animal groups, washing vehicles, washing utensils.

3.       Saaf Aangan: Allowing the footpath and open gutter around one's premises to be dirty.

B. Segregation, storage, delivery and collection of solid waste Rules:

(Implementation of these Rules is in 2 Phases: In Phase 1: segregation is mandatory, and in Phase 2: segregation and composting is mandatory. )

1. Segregation of waste compulsory: waste to be handled separately in and for following different groups -- biodegradable, recyclable, non-recyclable, hazardous, fish & poultry & slaughter waste in markets, leaves & tree trimmings, construction & demolition, or bio-medical. Failure shall invite fines.


2. Composting optional for small waste generators: Segregated biodegradable waste to be collected by MCGM daily who will take it to composting area e.g. at the disposal site. Citizens to be urged to compost biodegradable waste insitu, or in private community composting centres, or MCGM community composting centers. MCGM will pay for transport savings.  MCGM will buy compost.  Biomethanation also allowed.


3. Composting compulsory for big waste generators: Bulk generators of waste (such as hsg societies/complexes of 200 or more house-holds, and all hotels, restaurants, marriage halls, clubs, complexes, etc) to compost biodegradable waste in Phase 1. In Phase 2, this list will be progressively increased to include all citizens for whom composting will be mandatory. Exceptions as notified by MCGM, will deliver segregated bio-degradable waste to the community storage/composting centers or to the bell-ringing vehicle.


3. Bell-ringing concept: All waste to be held with waste-generator or at designated spots till time of picking up by MCGM vehicle.


4. Dry waste to be stored separately and picked up separately: Dry waste - recyclable, non-recyclable non-hazardous, non-recyclable hazardous to be stored separately and each category will be picked up separately once a week. Can be delivered to designated MCGM spots. Storage containers to be as specified. Else penalty.


 5. Bulk Animal Waste to be stored separately: Bulk (non-house-hold) Poultry, Fish, Slaughter Waste -- will be picked up daily. The pick-up will be by the wet waste van, but the waste generator to store it in separate container than other wastes.


6. Hawkers: Vendors / Hawkers (licensed and non-licensed) to keep each category of waste separately and deposit it in separately categorised community containers or to the bell-ringing vehicle.


7. Eating Establishments: Restaurants & Hotels - Trade Refuse Charges to be based on waste generated (and not on grade of hotel).


8. Burning not allowed: No burning of waste to be allowed --- incl. leaves.


 C. Mandatory Commitments by MCGM:


1.        Incentives for Composting: MCGM will provide incentives to the generators of waste for reducing waste by composting and recycling, and these incentives will be based on the savings made by MCGM by reduction of the volume of garbage to be transported.


2.    Support for Cleanliness Drives: MCGM will support local groups who come forward to take responsibility to keep their area clean. (Linked to Point D 1) e.g. by providing special teams to help in cleanliness drives.


3.   Cleanliness Reports to be utilised: MCGM will take action based on the daily reports filed by the citizens Cleanliness Task Force Teams (linked to D.2 ahead) e.g. route planning, penalties, cleanliness drives, awareness efforts.


4.   Contact Person: One MCGM officer will be designated at each Administrative Ward level to support the citizens’ groups in implementation.


5.   Demo composting models: MCGM will set up demonstration models of composting units in public parks and gardens, as well as provide other infrastructural and resource support.      


6.       Awareness Programs: MCGM will invite NGOs or others to undertake awareness, education, training of all stakeholders incl. its own staff. Also to document successful initiatives so as to form a citizen resource base that other citizens can utilise. Prizes also. 

7.      Helpline, Infoline and Useful Lists: MCGM will upgrade/rationalize the existing Online Complaint Management System (OCMS) to integrate its response/complaints with the structure of these Rules. It will also endeavour to provide lists (at wards and on website) of composting experts, scrap dealers, dealers of recyclables, container manufacturers, etc.


8.       Adequate Infrastructure: MCGM will provide infrastructure facilities to make compliance easy e.g. adequate number of litter bins, conveniently located community storage or composting centres, adequate toilet and washing facilities in protected slum localities where they are inadequate  to prevent  nuisances such as squatting, washing and bathing on the road before imposing penalties.


9.      Slums: MCGM will extend the Dattak Vasti Yojana / Slum Adoption Program to uncovered areas for garbage management, and undertake cleanliness drives with NGOs, CBOs, or any organization for slum areas. MCGM will assist in enforcement of these Rules in the slums by providing for prompt and adequate ND’s when required by the residents.


10.  Ongoing proof of commitment:  MCGM will show its commitment towards a minimum landfill objective by giving monthly data about the quantity of waste going to the different landfills, quantity of compost made, etc.


10.   Support Citizen Projects: Expressions of Interest will be invited by MCGM to initiate projects for keeping an area clean or for beautification. All such projects requiring MCGM funds will be approved after inviting Expressions of Interest.


12.  Zero-tolerance areas: For areas that are taken up for cleanliness by citizens org/others, MCGm will declare these areas to be “zero-tolerance” litter areas and signboards will be put up, to effect implementation of these Rules.


13.   Strengthening Nuisance Detectors: MCGM will strengthen its existing system of Nuisance Detectors(both in numbers and capabilities) by incorporating support from other areas such as Home Guards, providing uniform and recognition to the ND’s and creating a system of incentives for nuisance detection. Registered citizens’ groups may come forward to assist the MCGM structure of ND’s in the nuisance detection of their area.


D. Citizen Empowerment:


1. Responsibility and Authority to Community Groups: If ALMs, CBOs, RWAs, CSOs, etc. or elected Public Representatives are willing to take responsibility of ensuring compliance under these Rules, they will be given appropriate authority by MCGM to keep their area clean, including charging of an administrative charge for defaulters. Such Citizen Group to give a simple standard declaration based on which the authorisation will be given. Periodic monitoring will be done to ensure their performance. (This will also help to strengthen the ALM concept.) 

2. Reporting by Citizens: Voluntary Cleanliness Task Force Teams can be formed in each Councillor Ward by groups of citizens. The primary role will be a reporting one about the cleanliness situation. Suggestions e.g. route-changes, etc. will be another role. The reports will be taken cognisance of by the concerned ALM, MCGM officials, etc. for penalties and for improving the system. Periodic meetings of all teams will also be held.  

3. Beautification / Greening of an area: Citizens and citizens’ groups are also encouraged to suggest to MCGM “area improvement/beautification schemes” for their locality that when implemented, along with the cleanliness of the locality, will contribute to the up-liftment of that neighbourhood.  

 E. Penalties / Fines:  (Schedule put up at the Cleanliness Section in  

    1. Contravention of these Rules will attract a fine as specified in the Schedule of fines.   

    2.  This Schedule of Fines lists the various types of contraventions (such as littering, or non-segregation, or burning of waste), as well as the types of offenders. (such as individual, group, Government agency, etc) 

    3. The Schedule of Fines also factors in a “familiarisation / warning period” for the understanding / implementation of these Rules; in the Familiarization Period, the Fine for contravention is less than the actual amount or nil.  

    4. The Schedule of Fines also lists the fine to be charged for repeated offenders, on a daily basis.

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