ers of leaves, fertilizer and wet garbage from the complex’s 144 flats, Meena Kanakia, head of the complex’s committee, oversees. Through the mesh-like lid of the tank, she has seen the damp mixture harden into a dry, odourless manure and, today, like a student awaiting results, she is eager to know its grade.
It was Kanakia who—on the insistence of the NGO Ecorox—had decided to enlist fellow committee members to invest in the Rs 35,000-worth shelter and Rs 10,000-worth fertilizers. Convincing residents wasn’t easy as some were sceptical about the ease of implementation. “Today nearly 90% are on board,” said Kanakia, who got an NGO worker to come in every day for ten days to explain the bin composting process to Shankar mama. Today, this wet garbage composting bin stands as another proud accessory in this complex, making it prepped and ready for October 2—BMC’s deadline for housing complexes that produce over 100 kg of waste daily or that have an area above 20,000 sqm to compost wet waste on their premises draws closer. From that day on, wet waste from such societies will not be collected and BMC trucks will pick up only dry trash.
In a blind poll that TOIconducted of ten such societies across the city, it emerged that while a few were still clueless about the deadline and others sceptical of it, many were embracing the challenge. Versova’s 150-flat-strong Everest Apartments, for instance, got two tumbler composting bins installed in the premises earlier this month. “We are only testing them out at the moment and have received them on a tri- al basis,” said Phiroz Shah, a resident.
The deadline has even inspired some creative thinking. Sunflower at Cuffe Parade, for instance, is not only re-training residents and domestic help on how to segregate waste but is also contemplating installing a TV in the lift which will play a video explaining the benefits of composting wet waste. At Juhu’s Mandar Society, on the other hand, Gulshan Gandhi attended an exhibition on composting conducted by BMC which inspired him to imple-