City looks for ways to convert trash into treasure ahead of Oct 2 cut-off
Relies On BMC Help, Experts For Solutions
What a magician does to a coffin, a man in Chembur did to a massive water tank three months ago. On the behest of the Avanti Niketan Cooperative Society, the hardware expert sliced the unused tank down the middle to give it a new, purposeful life. One of its two halves now stands under a tarpaulin shelter that the complex’s cleaner, Shankar mama, visits every morning with leaves plucked from the complex garden and fertilizer that smells like rainsoaked earth. As he creates lay-
Wet garbage is collected in two composting bins (see pic on left) which residents have taken for trial Each bin has a lever that has to be rotated manu- At this society, a water tank has been converted into two composting bins The bin is filled daily with wet gar- ally daily to help mix the garbage with fertilizer
Locals will decide if they want to buy the bin which costs 35K bage, fertilisers supplied by the NGO Eco-Rox and dry leaves collected from the nearby garden
In 2 months, the mixture has turned into manure ment the process in his building. He also visited other societies where wet waste is composted to understand the process. Gandhi then convinced residents to create a pit and start composting wet waste but the process wasn’t happening properly. So, they have recently installed a tumbler composting bin and are in the process of buying a wet waste composter, which is taking longer than expected because manufacturing units aren’t geared for such high demand.
However, concerns continue to litter some complexes. Residents of Tytan at Napean Sea Road are waiting for the authorities to demonstrate how to compost wet waste. There are other challenges. Jayant Shetty of Dindoshi’s 675-flatstrong Raheja Complex said he knew about the deadline but that it was impossible to compost wet waste in the society. “There is no place in our society for composting and we are worried about the stench if we create a composting pit,” said Shetty, adding that the composting pit will not only need a financial investment of Rs 78 lakh and but also time. “It will take around six months to build which is a lot of time,” said Shetty. “We can’t do it on our own.”
(Inputs by Sakina Mamuwala) lect it, microsegregate it. Wet waste is sent for composting, and dry waste is micro segregated. This is because there are different prices for each kind of dry waste—old newspaper goes for Rs 10 per kg, shopping paper bags Rs 5 , and packaging cardboard Rs 8 . The money generated is paid to the two housekeeping staffers employed to segregate and treat their waste over and above their salaries.
The society also allows them and the domestic helps working in the building to take away discarded toys, clothes and books that are in good condition. Besides, tetra packs which are thrown away with dry waste, are cleaned and dried by the housekeeping staff, and handed over to Sahakari Bhandar in Worli. “Upon handing over a certain number of tetra packs, we get a sitting bench or a waste paper basket made of thousands of tetra packs,” said Jayant Broker, a resident who has been driving the segregation and treating of garbage.
The housekeeping staff is given rubber gloves and facial masks as well are protective measures while they carry on their work every day.
He said this began three years ago even though residents
A water tank has been converted into a bin in Chembur