BENGALURU: At a time when the BBMP has made it mandatory for city residents to segregate waste, residents of Domlur (112 ward) are taking things a step further.
They are to implement a plan which will process all waste generated in in the ward within the locality itself and they’ll send nothing to the landfills.
Aruna Newton, president of the HAL 2nd Stage Resident’s Welfare Association, who is leading this drive says, “For this to work we need the cooperation of fellow residents and authorities. More are coming forward to participate and even the local corporator has also shown great interest,” she says.
The residents have come up with a three point agenda that involves reviving the biogas plant in the locality, which was recently shut, redesigning the existing dry waste collection centers (DWCD) to increase its capacity and functions, and establishing a composting facility.
“We are working with the corporator to revive the bio-gas plant that has a capacity of processing around 5 tonnes of wet waste. It was shut around December last year because dues were not paid,” she says.
For the dry waste, a few architects have already been consulted on how the existing space could be utilized to do more. Aruna also says that installing a dry waste sorting conveyor belt like the one in use by the Electronics City Industries Association is also a possibility.
“There is a way to make sorting of waste efficient through the conveyor. The ECLA has implemented a fabulous conveyor that makes sorting a simple job. At least 4 to 5 tonnes per day can be easily sorted. Such a technology can be installed at the DWCCs here,” says Aruna who is also the president of the ECLA. Dry waste has got many categories with each requiring different processing. Presently the dry waste collected from these facilities in Domlur go to various recyclers.
Anslem Rozario, member of the Solid Waste Management Round Table, says that the plan is definitively feasible. “The kind of infrastructure available in this part (Domlur) is not available in other parts of the city. The space is so large that one can can accommodate all three components (already mentioned) in one place,” says Anslem who is also the founder of a waste management first, Waste Wise Trust that has been operating in Domlur for many years.