Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Sunday collected about 500 metric tonnes of waste from the city beaches where Lord Ganesha idols were immersed on the culmination of the ten-day festival, a senior civic official said.
Most of the waste-material collected by the civic-body was from the immersion points in the city, prominent among them being Girgaum Chowpatty, Juhu beach and Dadar Chowpatty.
"Most waste collected from the immersion points is bio-degradable, consisting of flowers, coconuts and food items, which is around 300 tonnes of the total waste.
After sorting, we will send it for treatment across our solid waste management plants in the city," BMC chief engineer (solid waste management) B Patil told reporters here.
He said the quantity of waste during Ganesha immersion has increased this year as compared to last year when it was around 430 metric tonnes.
Workers from the civic-body along with several non-government organisations (NGOs), students and local volunteers collected the waste from Girgaum, Dadar, Mahim, Juhu, Versova, Marve and Aksa beaches after the last day immersions.
As part of the `Go Green` campaign by the BMC, in collaboration with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), the entire waste will be sorted and sent for dumping and decomposition, Patil said.