Re­duce, Re­use, Re­cyle


India Today - - SAFAIGIRI - —Amar­nath K. Menon

For a start-up pro­vid­ing in­no­va­tive tech so­lu­tions in han­dling waste, Ben­galu­rubased Green Nerds So­lu­tions has made con­sid­er­able strides since its birth in 2011. The fo­cus of Green Nerds has been on Tier II and Tier III cities, and large pan­chay­ats which gen­er­ate waste be­tween 10 and 200 tonnes a day. This ex­per­tise has en­abled it to in­stal the first de­cen­tralised pre-seg­re­ga­tion plant un­der the smart city waste man­age­ment model through a pri­vate en­tity. “We have tried to fill the big void in terms of waste man­age­ment ed­u­ca­tion, tech­nolo­gies and so­lu­tions within bud­gets and are help­ing smaller cities man­age their bulging land­fills,” says Green Nerds co-founder Ab­hi­man Shetty. Or­ganic waste is con­verted into com­post and used as an al­ter­na­tive en­ergy source. The vol­ume of the non-biodegrad­able waste is com­pressed to oc­cupy less space, bring­ing down op­er­a­tional and trans­porta­tion costs for sup­ply to re­cy­cling in­dus­tries. Green Nerds started with a pi­lot one tonne per day plant and in­creased it to the five tonne per day and 10 tonne per day ca­pac­i­ties be­fore fi­nally com­ing up with 100 tonne per day plants. With its sys­tem, civic en­ti­ties can seg­re­gate and con­vert biodegrad­able waste into or­ganic com­post. To process waste in man­age­able vol­umes, they have de­vel­oped an au­to­matic garbage ma­chine—it takes care of lift­ing of waste, trans­porta­tion, shred­ding, and pass­ing it to com­post pits.

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