Ganesh Visarjan 2019: 9,400 idols to be recycled

BMC has collected and sent 9400 Ganpati idols made of plaster of Paris (POP) for recycling.

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Every year during Ganesh Utsav tons of idols are immersed in various sea bodies in and around Mumbai. This year, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to take a step in the right direction for these Plaster of Paris idols. The authority has collected and sent 9400 Ganpati idols made of plaster of Paris (POP) for recycling.

Talking on the same, Kiran Dighavkar, assistant commissioner of G North ward said, "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."

This is first of its kind step taken by any civic body. Most of these idols were collected a day after the Ganpati Visarjan and the wet waste will be sent to Dharavi composting plant and the dry waste to the segregation centre. As one might be aware that Plaster of Paris does not dissolve in water and the artificial paints and plastic can harm the flora and fauna of the water bodies.

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