Stepping into the New Year without trash

Trash generated by NY revellers on Jan 1, 2020: 10 tonnes. On Jan 1, 2021: Around 2 tonnes

The ban on New Year Eve revelry and parties on December 31 may have angered many and deprived hotels, bars and restaurants in the Central Business District of important year-end business, but there is a silver lining to this.

The imposition of section 144 has resulted in less trash being generated from the area.

“The ban on parties on the New Year’s Eve has helped to reduce trash generation in important areas of the city on December 31 night,” said Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Special Commissioner (Solid Waste Management) Randeep D.

Last year, the BBMP health department had to engage 50 pourakarmikas to clear trash from MG Road, Brigade Road and Church Street between 3 am and 7 am. They collected around 600 empty liquor bottles, more than 150 pairs of slippers, many more cigarette butts and more than five tonnes of plastic and paper waste.

The Ugly Indian (TUI), a citizen-volunteer group had organized TrashURE Hunt for volunteers to locate trash and photograph the same. According to sources, the participants managed to gather around 8 kgs of trash on January 1, 2020.


“UNFAIR! Due to night curfew, we regret to announce that the Annual NY Day TUI #TRASHureHUNT is CANCELLED. We’ve been deprived of our right to FAIL (again) at finding trash in city centre. Jan 1 2020 was such fun!” The Ugly Indian said in a tweet.

One of the volunteers of The Ugly Indian said there was no trash on MG Road, Brigade Road and Church Street on January 1, 2021. “There was no need for the BBMP health department to make an extra attempt to sweep MG Road, Brigade Road and the Church Street, since there was no trash generated due to the night curfew on December 31,’’ said the volunteer.

According to BBMP Junior Health Inspector Santosh Raj M, the quantity of garbage generated on the New Year’s Eve had come down this year when compared to last year.

“We collected between eight to 10 tonnes of trash on January 1, 2020 and engaged 50 workers to clean MG Road, Brigade Road and Church Street. This year, I engaged only 12 pourakarmikas and the quantity of the trash was only two tonnes,’’ said Santosh Raj.

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