SoBo hsg soc micro-segregates waste, goes green by recycling it
Compost Used In The Building, Home Gardens
Mumbai: While several housing societies are raising questions over BMC’s decision to stop collecting wet waste from bulk generators after October 2, a residential complex in South Mumbai seems to have nothing to worry. The 236-flat society not only segregates waste but has gone one step further to microsegregating the waste and getting it recycled.
The 36-storey Marathon Era in Lower Parel has been treating its waste for three years. While residents segregate the waste into wet and dry, two housekeeping staffers who col- Newspapers, shopping paper bags, packaging cardboards and torn paper sold separately in bulk Small milk, juice cartons are cleaned, dried and handed over to Sahakari Bhandar in Worli
In return, they get a sitting bench or a waste paper basket made of recycled cartons Compost comes out after every 23 days It’s used in the building garden
It’s also given to residents for use in home gardens Some use this in their farmhouses outside city first started to move in to the building in 2007. “We were not happy with the kind of compost being used in the society garden. We decided to compost our kitchen waste. Initially we bought three tumblers for it, now we have nine. Over time, the amount of waste has increased with people’s consumption pattern having changed,” he added.
Broker added that while they have been making efforts to microsegregate their dry waste, there are many items for which they do not find any taker. “We especially do not find anyone willing to take packets of chips and namkeens,” Broker said. “It’s important that authorities identify items that cannot be recycled and ban them. In case they are not banned, then such companies should be made to pay a penalty for damage to environment,” he added.