SoBo hsg soc mi­cro-seg­re­gates waste, goes green by re­cy­cling it

Com­post Used In The Build­ing, Home Gar­dens

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Richa.Pinto@ times­

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.

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