Karnataka Government takes a leap towards Cleaner and Greener city under Swachh Bharat Mission, issues Model Solid Waste Management Bye – Laws, 2018

Karnataka Government takes a leap towards Cleaner and Greener city under Swachh Bharat Mission, issues Model Solid Waste Management Bye – Laws, 2018

August 14, 2018 EHS, Industries 0

 The Urban Development Secretariat, Karnataka (“Secretariat”), has issued a draft Karnataka Municipalities Model Solid Waste Management Bye – Laws 2018 (“Draft Bye-Laws”) as an initiative under the Swachh Bharat Mission. The Draft Bye-Laws have been framed under the Karnataka Municipalities Act, 1964 with the main objective to make a cleaner and greener city.


The Draft Bye-Laws provide a process for organizing and regularizing management and handling of solid waste within the territorial limits of Karnataka’s urban local bodies. The Draft bye-Laws apply to all solid waste generators and bulk waste generators who would have to segregate the solid waste at source. Solid waste generators may be Public Sector Undertakings, private companies, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, commercial establishments, recreation / entertainment centers, bus stations. The Draft Bye-laws also define who an occupier is and it includes a person paying rent to the owner for a land, building, room (s) for use, owner of the land, building, room and / or premises.

Key Highlights of the Draft Bye Laws:

  1. In the Draft Bye-Laws, it has been proposed that the solid waste generators will be required to segregate the solid waste into categories such as Bio Degradable Waste (Wet Waste), Non-Biodegradable Waste (Dry Waste), Domestic Hazardous Waste, Construction and Demolition Waste and Bulk Garden and Horticulture Waste.
  2. The Waste Generators will require to ensure that Non-biodegradable waste such as packets, food containers, boxes, bottles, tetra pack cartons, paper cups, plates and other disposable items are cleaned and dried so that these can be effectively recycled.
  3. Any solid waste generator who has a business which involves generating poultry, fish and slaughter waste will have to keep the waste in a hygienic condition so that it is not mixed with other solid wastes. The occupier must ensure the waste is ready to be collected during the days and time designated for collection.
  4. The Draft Bye-Laws prohibit burning of any type of solid waste at any premises, roadsides, any private or public property is prohibited.
  5. Processing and Disposal of Solid waste by Waste generator: The Draft Bye Laws lay down the manner of processing of Bio-degradable waste, Non-Biodegradable waste, Domestic Hazardous waste and Construction and demolition waste.

2. Introduction of the Concept of Bulk Waste Generator

The definition of Bulk Waste Generator includes:

  1. residential, apartment, housing complexes, clubs, recreation/ entertainment centers, transportation hubs which generate an average of 100 kg or
  2. more of solid waste per day, gated communities, corporate campus, technology parks and institutions with an area of more than 5000 sqm, or
  3. any other Waste Generator identified by Urban Local Bodies

The Bulk waste generators shall have the following responsibilities:

  1. make their own arrangement for processing biodegradable or non-biodegradable waste as per the Solid Waste Management Rules of Karnataka,
  2. Engage the empaneled Vendors for collection, transportation and processing their waste,
  3. Handover their waste to the Urban local bodies on payment of certain fees,

2 .Penalty

 In case of non-compliance with the bye-laws or Solid Waste Management Rules, a fine of Rs. 25,000 has been proposed which will double upon repetition. In case of fourth contravention, the trade license will be cancelled.

 Concept of Spot fine has been introduced here, which will be identified by Nuisance Detectors upon littering and public nuisance under the provisions of the bye-law.

 Source: Karnataka Urban Development

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