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    ... From: Nemani Chandrasekhar Date: Jul 8, 7:16 am Subject: Vellore Srinivasan’s solid waste management project reaches
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      From: Nemani Chandrasekhar <chandrasekharnem...@...>
      Date: Jul 8, 7:16 am
      Subject: Vellore Srinivasan’s solid waste management project reaches
      Bangalore
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      Vellore Srinivasan’s solid waste management project reaches Bangalore
      By Marianne
      de Nazareth
        Bangalorehttp://www.theweekendleader.com/Nature/498/Wealth-in-waste.html

      08 Jul 2011
      [image: Marianne de Nazareth]Posted 27-May-2011
      Vol 2 Issue 21

      When governments are grappling with managing waste generated in
      cities, some
      residents of Bangalore have taken up a unique experiment that not only
      creates wealth out of waste but also provides job to women. The
      National
      Games Village, which has 2500 apartments in Koramangala, has a massive
      turnover of garbage.

      Vellore Srinivasan, an expert in solid waste management and his Indian
      Green
      Service, along with Meera Rajesh, one of the residents, are now in the
      process of moving towards a sustainable solution in tackling the
      menace.
      Meera who is a resident of the Tunghabadhra Block, which has about 220
      apartments, says Srinivasan has changed the face of garbage disposal
      in her
      block, thanks to the cooperation they have received from the
      residents.
      *Go organic*: A resident trying her hand at leaf composting

      Srinivasan’s motto is simple – turn garbage to gold. With Srinivasan’s
      out-
      of- the- box, simple, at the source segregation techniques, the
      garbage
      turns into a useful resource which generates money.

      At the Tunghabadhra Block the residents segregate their waste into two
      bins
      – one for the wet and the other for the dry before they dispose of it.
      Then
      the garbage is segregated still further by a secondary process where
      the wet
      waste is turned into compost and the dry is segregated into different
      categories based on the training given by Srinivasan.

      “If the entire lot of recyclable waste is sold together, they fetch a
      very
      small price. But if the waste is segregated into different categories
      and
      then sold in the market, it gets a higher price. That’s what we are
      doing
      with the help of about ten women, who are part of a self-help group,
      which
      was created for this purpose. Srinivasan has trained them on
      identifying and
      segregating the different types of waste,” says Meera Rajesh, a
      software
      consultant, whose passion for environment made her take up the cause.

      The Association for India Development, Seattle Chapter, is meeting
      part of
      the project cost. It will bear the salary expenses of the women
      workers for
      three months. The organization also helped set up the zero waste
      management
      centre, which includes a compost shed.

      The idea behind Srinivasan’s project is to clean up Bangalore with a
      snowball effect. If just 250 apartments can make 4500kg of garbage in
      one
      day the mind boggles when you consider the total quantity of garbage
      that
      the whole city of Bangalore would be generating. With Srinivasan’s
      methods,
      the wet waste is composted, the dry is segregated and sold, and just
      10
      percent goes to the land fill which includes sanitary napkins and
      babies
      pampers.

      The composting unit which turns wet waste into manure is a great help
      towards realizing this zero waste management dream of Srinivasan. In
      60 days
      sweet smelling manure is produced which can be either sold to generate
      income for the women workers, or as Srinivasan says – used to grow
      vegetables in a terrace garden. The vegetables will be organic, free
      from
      pesticide and excellent for one’s health.

      Srinivasan says the project will become self-sustaining in next 3
      months.
      “Each of the 220 families in the block contributed Rs 500 towards
      purchase
      of dustbins, trolleys, and information boards, while setting up the
      project.
      Each family would continue to contribute Rs 60 every month as charges
      for
      waste collection. Their contribution and the income we hope to
      generate
      through sale of recyclable waste and organic manure will make it a
      self-sustainable project in another 3 months.”

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      ....
      Chandrasekhar, Nemani
      Program Officer (Information)
      Watershed Support Services and Activities Network (WASSAN)
      H.No. 12-13-452, Street No.1, Tarnaka
      Secunderabad - 500 017, Andhra Pradesh, India
      Website:www.wassan.org,www.rainfedfarming.org,www.sri-india.net
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