BMC Took Positive Initiative To Recycle Tons of Nirmalya & POP Ganesh Idols

After the Ganpati Visarjan 2019 marked the end of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has took positive initiative and recycled tonnes of plaster of paris Ganesh idols and Nirmalya. Lot of NGO’s too contributed in cleaning the beach and collecting the waste.

Recycle of Nirmalya
BMC collected 1082 tonnes of nirmalya’s across the city during the Ganesh Visarjan occasion. The BMC will convert the nirmalya’s into manure at 33 spots and will use the manure in BMC gardens.

The civic body deployed more than 200 dumpers, around 900 workes and 242 nirmalya kalash (collection pots) at 112 spots across the city to collect flowers which were offered to the idols of Lord Ganesha.

Recycle of POP Ganesh Idols
BMC sent 9400 Ganpati idols made of plaster of Paris (POP), which were lying on the seashore for recycling. This is the first of a kind experience where the civic body had decided to use the Ganesh idols made up of POP for recycling.

This year, about 18,402 Ganpati idols came for immersion in the last 11 days of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. The civic body has collected 9400 of the POP idols which were lying on the seashore after high tide and undissolved idols at artificial lakes. The BMC has sent these idols for recycling. The BMC has also appointed a contractor to transport the POP Ganesh idols and other materials for recycling.

“Earlier we used to take all the idols back into the deep sea for re-immersion. But this year we have collected the idols which come ashore and sent them for recycling.”

Kiran Dighavkar, assistant commissioner of G North ward

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