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MBMC's waste processing gets hit due to mud-laced residual fuel

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
By Suresh Golani

The highly combustible RDF, which is the residue of various types of waste that is shredded and bereft of all moisture, can be used to fuel incinerators in cement factories and industrial furnaces

Garbage disposal woes seem to be unending for the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC). Unable to find takers for the mud-laced, Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF), operations at the solid waste processing unit in Uttan has come to a grinding halt for the past more than 10 days.

Consequently, while tonnes of unprocessed garbage has been finding its way directly into the open dump yard, the privately operated waste processing plant sitting on nearly 500 tonnes of RDF, a byproduct of recycling.

The highly combustible RDF, which is the residue of various types of waste that is shredded and removed of all moisture, can be used to fuel incinerators in cement factories and industrial furnaces.

However, to use the waste byproduct as an enriched fuel feed, there is a specific requirement of RDF-containing dust amounting not more than 4 to 5 per cent, but the dust content in RDF accumulated at waste processing unit of MBMC is pegged at 18 to 20 per cent.

Sold at an average price of Rs 2 per kilogram, the RDF generated by the waste processing unit has been outwardly rejected by the buyers. While mixing of mud in garbage during road mopping work is being blamed for the mess, private personnel from the waste processing plant deployed by the civic administration have claimed that efforts were on to minimise mud content by upgrading the trommels, screens, shredders and separators in the existing mechanical set-up.

While the MBMC is saddled with a daunting task of disposing off around 450 to 500 metric tonnes of garbage every day, there is a serious question mark on efforts of the civic administration in ensuring segregation of dry and wet waste at source.

Demanding immediate shift of the plant from the region, local villagers have been protesting against the emanating stench coupled with allegations that none of the standard operating procedures were being followed.

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