In my earlier post I had shared a few societies in Mumbai who have made the difference by getting into community composting. Last Sunday I got chance to listen directly from residents of one society which is actively doing it for almost two years.
This is about #Torino CHS, #Hiranandani Garden, Powai and thanks to NGO #Sahaas & #Kshitija Surve for arranging this awareness session. Sahaas helps societies in their journey to manage waste; this was taken up by them without any such relationship but more to understand how this society had managed it.
So for those who would like to actually implement it in their society, some learnings from that session:
- It is possible to 100+ families on board even if the mix includes tenants.
- Volunteering team with mix of different age groups esp Senior members and children is helpful in this journey along with support of housekeeping staff for daily operations and processing.
- Clear categorization guidance is helpful to avoid mixing and also clarify different view points if any.
- Different waste bins/ color coding for different type of Garbage.
- Organic waste put up for composting within premises. No odour issues.
- Other than biomedical waste, the balance is segregated and sold by housekeeping staff with proceeds allocated to them which ensures better monitoring.
- Use of prepared compost as brown material for subsequent batches.
- Process continues in current environment as well as weather.
Along with the bigger impact which each society can create with this on waste management, sustainability and environment; it also has small perk of rebate on property tax after meeting some waste reduction parameters.
Race to ‘-1’ : Day 344