Clean up Mumbai

The financial and commercial capital of the Country, accommodating more than 12 million people presently, Mumbai has garbage (MSW) production to the tune of 6500 Tons per day. It also produces nearly 2500 Tons of construction and demolition (C&D) waste per day.

Functional Elements of SWM System in Mumbai
The collection and transportation of the huge amount of waste is a matter of concern for any Corporation. MCGM operates a huge fleet of 983 Municipal and Private vehicles for collection of waste making 1396 number of trips each day.



Transportation Vehicles Deployed:

Type Municipal Outsourced Total
Compactor (Big) 117 313 430
Compactor (Small) 258 258
Small Tipper (1 Tonner) 106 106
Dumper Placers (Skip Vehicles) 89 89
Tippers (8 Tons) 90 90
Stationary Compactors 10 10


Big Compactor Vehicle





Shed to cover wheeled bins



The three transfer stations at Mahalaxmi, Kurla and Versova support intermediate transfer of waste from the surrounding areas upto the dumping grounds.





Total Manpower Employed

Sweepers and Motor Loaders 28,821 Nos.
Supervisory and Admin Staff 1592 Nos.


  SWM Expenditure Outlay (Millions Rs)

Year/ Expenditure 2004-05
Budget Estimate
Revenue 4971.5 5426.5 6455.5 8090.0
Capital 254.0 604.2 687.1 2389.3
Total Expenses 5225.5 6030.7 7142.6 10479.3


Initiatives taken by MCGM in sectors of Collection and Transportation in 2007
Purchase of standardized community bins
  • 6000 Wheeled bins with lid of 1.1 m3 capacity
  • Bins of uniform design amenable to mechanical loading and unloading
  • 20000 nos. of Dual Litter-bins of 50 Its. Capacity (Pole mounted)
               120 ltr., 240 ltr., 360 ltr. capacity wheeled bins       50 ltr. , capacity Pole-mounted litter bin
Mechanised sweeping of highways and beache
  • Cleaning of all the major beaches is outsourced on BOOT basis
  • Use of beach cleaning machines is mandatory
  Machine showing mechanized beach cleaning
Management and upgradation along with modernization of existing Transfer Stations and setting up 3 more Transfer Stations
  • Capacity enhancement of the Transfer stations
  • Phasing out of “Bulk Refuse Carriers” with JCBs/ Compactors
  • Avoid multiple handling of waste
  • Maintain cleanliness and hygiene
Deployment of NGO labors for collection of garbage around collection Points
Implementation of Greater Mumbai Cleanliness and Sanitation Bye-laws, 2006
Creation of dry-waste sorting centres managed by NGOs to accept the recyclable and E-waste in each ward
Computerization Project inclusive of vehicle tracking system ,Implementation of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Tags for real time tracking of bin servicing
Implementation of Construction and Demolition Waste Disposal Project as per the Debris Management Policy
Peoples participation through Advance Locality Management for the residential associations of Mumbai
Slum Adoption Scheme (Dattak Vasti Yojana) for regular collection of waste from the slums areas
Restructuring of SWM Department on functional lines
  Conceptual Plan for improvement of Existing Transfer Solutions    Collection of solid waste from slums
Key Features of Plan
Deployment of mechanized vehicles
Involvement of NGOs and community
Increasing Role of Private Sector
Bringing in change in organisational culture and Introduction of latest technology


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