TRASH

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

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-

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