Garbage and Goa: Mapusa Gets its Act Together

Mapusa, Goa | Sulochana Pednekar

The bustling city of Mapusa in Goa generates about 15-16 tonnes of waste a day, which mostly end up at the giant landfill in neighbouring Assagaon.

Mapusa Municipal Corporation started a door to door garbage collection scheme of segregated wet and dry waste. This was one of the major demands put forward by the resident groups asking the MMC to stop dumping garbage at the Assagao landfill.

Earlier in 2015, MMC also increased the garbage tax collected from each house to a sum of INR 400 per year. The revenue generated from this is expected to increase the efficiency of the collection system. Despite the many flaws in the implementation, the step is a welcome one for residents of Goa fighting the garbage problem.

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