Residents will treat garbage in societies instead of sending it to dumping ground.
Mumbai: The residents of Bandra Reclamation are all set to make their surroundings a ‘zero-garbage’ area by December, wherein wet waste will be treated in the area itself instead of sending it to the dumping ground.
On a pilot basis, two housing societies have successfully become a part of the ‘zero-waste’ campaign by installing compost pits on their premises.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation felicitated these societies on Monday.
Furthermore, 30 such projects are planned for residential as well as education and government organisations. The residents in partnership with non-government organisation (NGO) Bravo have set the deadline as December to make the entire area a zero-garbage one.
“By December we want to make the entire reclamation area garbage-free,” said Deepika D’Souza, Bandra Reclamation resident. Two buildings, Agasti and Anand Sagar had started with composting in the month of April and have been successfully treating the waste generated from the 28 flats in each building.
“Once segregated, the wet waste goes for composting in the compost pits and the manure obtained from there is utilised for gardening in the society. The dry waste goes to the ward’s dry waste collection centre,” said Ms D’Souza.
Under the zero-garbage initiative, 70 residential buildings and 12 government and educational institutions will be covered. Aditya Birla Group is funding the project as a Corporate Social Responsbility initiative.
“We have donated the pits to the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited and fire brigade buildings in the reclamation area where composting work will start by October 6. Lilavati Hospital and Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped too will also soon start composting,” added Ms D’Souza.
The NGO has also roped in Stree Mukti Sanghatana to provide staff for maintaining the compost pits. The staff members are selected from women workers who manage the waste at dumping grounds.
The women are trained and then sent to such private premises for waste management duties.