MCC to collect hotel waste in Mangalore north

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mcc_WASTEMANGALORE, August 23:   The Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) will start collecting waste generated from hotels, restaurants, juice centres and wedding halls from 30 wards in Mangalore City North Assembly constituency from next month, said an official of the civic body.

The MCC started collecting the bulk waste generated from business establishments of 30 wards in Mangalore City South in March. A corporation estimate said the city generates about 26 tonnes of bulk waste every day.

According to MCC environment engineer Madhu S. Manohar, two vehicles would collect the waste from the north. The collection of waste in both the areas did not start simultaneously because of issues related to bidding and awarding of contract in the north, he said.

Not paying fees

The collection in the south is not free from issues. Though four vehicles of two contractors were collecting the bulk waste, all establishments were not paying the monthly users’ fee to the contractors. The users’ fee, ranging from Rs. 600 to Rs. 2,000, was fixed after consulting the business owners at a meeting at MCC on October 4, 2012. The standing committee for public health, education and social justice, in its meeting on November 8, 2012 approved the fee, the official said.

To streamline the fee collection, the corporation has decided to send demand notices to the establishments from next month. The notice will have the licence number of the establishment, owners’ name, ward number, and the amount to be paid. There are a total of 1,670 licensed bulk waste generators in north and south Mangalore.

The traders would have to make the payment directly to the corporation in cheque. A separate account would be created to credit the users’ fee. This amount would not go to the general health account. Maintaining a separate account would help to identify the non-payers easily, he said.

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