With an aim to enable the community to reduce waste, reuse and recycle, the Nagaland Integrated Waste Management Policy 2019 was enacted by the state government in February this year
The Nagaland Integrated Waste Management Policy 2019 targets efficient management and proper disposal of waste and educate the people to segregate bio-degradable, recyclable and inert waste at source.
Deputy Director in Urban Development department and Nodal Officer of Swachh Bharat Mission, Tarachu Fithu said that the policy enacted by the state government in February this year covers all urban and rural areas of the state.
He said the intention of the policy is to enable the community to reduce waste, reuse and recycle. As per the policy, waste management scenario in the state is still by and large rudimentary in the absence of proper policy or any regulatory mechanism.
In the urban areas comprising of 19 urban local bodies of the state, only Kohima has the scientific solid waste treatment plant with capacity of 50 tonne per day, TDP. The rest of the urban local bodies have all landfill sites but they dump without any proper treatment, it said while pointing that waste production in the urban areas is about 342 TDP.
It said that there are no collection systems at present in rural areas, but the inherent practice of source segregation of wet waste for animal feed considerably reduces the problem of waste management.
The policy stated that the Urban Development department shall ensure that all urban local bodies prepare action plan individually while Rural Development department shall ensure that all village councils prepare an action plan individually as to how they will manage their wastes.
It also maintained that the Deputy Commissioner of all districts will ensure that solid waste management projects are included in development activities of towns and villages.