Digest waste, say no to garbage

BANGALORE: Garbage dumping in vacant areas is a common sight in the city. In many areas, people complain about liquid oozing out of the  garbage and the stink it brings with it. How to re

Published: 02nd January 2012 10:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:07 PM   |  A+A-

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BANGALORE: Garbage dumping in vacant areas is a common sight in the city. In many areas, people complain about liquid oozing out of the  garbage and the stink it brings with it. How to recycle the waste produced? Many organisations like Daily Dump, Swabhiman Trust, Malleshwaram Residents’ organisation and several other residents’ associations are striving to create awareness among people to create compost with the organic waste produced daily.

One such organisation is Daily Dump, which is attempting to inculcate the habit of segregation of garbage and create compost. They have a wide variety of composting products like Khambha ranging from one to four tiers and others like Janta khamba and nano Khamba to name a few.

“Perspective of people towards nature is changing. People are now concerned towards the environment. Individuals and groups are coming forward to segregate the trash,” said an employee of Daily Dump.

Trash trail is an one-day paid tour, in which the volunteers are taken around the city to help them comprehend the different aspects of waste management and the economy involved in it. They are also introduced to the places where the garbage is dumped, recycled and also to the landfills in the city. “Once the garbage reaches the landfill, there is very little possibility of segregating,” she said.

This year, Daily Dump is planning to conduct an event on the importance of millet as a substitute for rice and wheat in the month of February. It is also planning to make people aware of urban composting in a much simpler way. She added, “Many in urban areas are not much aware of where the food comes from. It is important to have an on-field experience.”

The BBMP is also supporting the organisation and help bring it in contact with various residents’ association. It is introducing a project called ‘Information, education and communication,’ for which the tender has been called for and the applicants have been short listed. The project aims in creating awareness among school-going children, residents’ associations and malls on the importance of garbage segregation. This project will be launched sooner said B V Satish, Chief Engineer, environment department. He added, “There are Dry Waste Collection Centres set up in many parts by resident organisations which is supported by the BBMP. We provide them place to construct a building and help them interact with people regarding the same issue.” Old paper marts and rag pickers are contributing effectively in providing valuable service to the society by segregating the garbage.

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