Bombay generates 5,500 metric tons of organic and inorganic waste daily. Only about 5,000 tons are collected daily by the BMC, which spends approximately Rs. 135 crores a year for garbage collection and disposal. There are 6.300 garbage collection points in the city and its suburbs. Citizens do not pay a special tax for garbage clearance. BMC employees and contractors lift the garbage and deposit it in the four dumping grounds at Deonar, Malad, Gorai and Mulund. The Deonar grounds take about 70% of the total. The capacity of these landfills will expire around the year 2010.
BMC employs about 20,000 workers for solid waste management. Each worker is paid Rs. 3,200 per month, around Rs. 3,000 travel allowance, and up to Rs. 1.25 lakhs in housing loans with minimal interest.