Solid & Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) is another major area of intervention to ensure cleanliness in the villages. Waste managements is possible at two levels: at the level of the household and at the level of the community. Household based waste management will mainly cater to the biodegradable solid waste and the liquid waste of individual households. Construction of compost pits, soak pits, arrangements for vermin composting are some of the household level interventions which shall mainly be done either by the household with its own resources or with the resources under MGNREGA. For community level intervention too arrangements for larger compost pits, platforms for tube wells, drains and soak pits from the public water sources etc. may be arranged out of MGNREGA resources as these are permissible activities under the programme.
Appropriate awareness generation interventions shall be made in the villages so as to raise demands for SLWM systems, which will eventually be managed by the community. The main site for the facilities may be selected at a place close to an urban settlement. There should be comprehensive planning for segregation of waste at the household/ other places of waste generation, collection, dumping, recycling of waste, both biodegradable and non- biodegradable. SBM (G) funding for SLWM projects will be Rs.7.00 lakh for a GP having up to 150 households, Rs.12.00 lakh up to 300 households, Rs.15.00 lakh up to 500 households and Rs.20.00 lakh for GPs having households above 500. Fund allocated for SLWM may also be used for safe disposal of menstrual waste.and setting up of incinerators in Schools, Community Sanitary Complex,Health Centres and Hospital or at any other required location in the villages. however, SLWM fund cannot be used without a specific plan for comprehensive coverage.
In 1000 Gram Panchayats presently covered by the World Bank supported Programme of Institutional Strengthening of Gram Panchayats Project (ISGPP), efforts would be made to progressively cover all those Gram Panchayats within a period of three years through systematic planning.