Ahmedabad: Better management of Solid Waste using data
Almost 4,000 Metric Tons of solid waste (including 300 tons of C&D waste) is generated from the city daily. Nearly 50% of the entire waste is collected from municipal bins and from street sweeping. Earlier due to a lack of a proper vision for Solid Waste Management (SWM), there was absence of proper waste collection. The household waste was either disposed of in the open or burnt away. Segregation was merely a dream and the rag pickers were not roped into the formal system. Our land and water bodies were contaminated, and the result was wide spread diseases in our cities. Soon the urban local bodies, including AMC understood the importance of a proper solid waste management service and that it was the government’s duty to provide the same. It became important that the cities were both functional and beautiful for its residents as well as the tourists visiting them.
So, AMC has developed efficient systems for waste management, including the following:
GPS and RFID system
GPS & RFID based monitoring system are now in use for effective Door to Door Waste Collection. Vehicles deployed for door to door waste collection are GPS and RFID tracked for effective monitoring and supervision. This system is deployed in more than 1000 different vehicles for door to door dump collection vehicles, Container lifting vehicles, Road Sweeping machines etc.
Reports generated by GPS Device comprise of :-
Among 14.33 lacs residential units, there are 839 routes and separate routes for 4.59 lacs commercial units have been prepared. Thus, additional total 6.8 lacs units comprising of newly added 2.21 lacs residential and 4.59 commercial units have been covered in this system. Approximately, each vehicle will collect and transport 1250 kg of waste daily.
By the regular tracking of SWM collection, the % coverage of POI has improved to 97% as the system is able to trace the timely data zone-wise and ward-wise.
Main benefits of GPS & RFID based monitoring system