“The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.” ― Pope John Paul II
Why we do it
The menace of waste accumulation is plaguing Delhi. If you've ever been to the capital its quite obvious that the numerous landfills, piled with millions of tons of waste would have attracted your eyeballs. A staggering 9000 metric tons of waste is dumped in the landfills on a daily basis. Understanding the severity of the situation, we decided to take the onus upon ourselves and endeavour to eradicate this problem from the Heart of India.
What we do
We've adopted a method of decentralisation to tackle this problem. In this approach we intend to create Zero-Waste Societies by ensuring that all the residents of the society segregate their waste into wet and dry components, using the wet waste for composting and dry waste for recycling, creating 'Entrepreneurs' in the process.
How we do it
We execute our plan in different steps. Our first step is conducting awareness sessions in the societies, educating the residents about the perils of this menace and the techniques of waste segregation. Through these sessions we endeavour to change the mindsets of the people and this is what makes our project sustainable. We then channelise this wet waste into the compost plants.
Our model is creating a regular employment for the ragpickers. These people who earlier had very little and uneven income would now have a sense of job security. On an average, we are employing 5 people for every hub in this one works in composting plant and other 4 collects waste from households. These ragpickers now also have a higher income then they had previously.
From just one society we would save more than 352 ton of waste per year which will significantly reduce land and air pollution. We are reducing the carbon dioxide emission by 234 metric tonnes a year which would help us bringing down the air pollution levels significantly. Also, the pollution caused by the trucks to take this garbage to the landfills is also being avoided.
Other than the revenue generated by composting, we are also saving the money which goes into waste management. Transportation to landfills alone costs Rs 1000 per ton, which means over 3.5 lakh saved per year in one society. This acts as an big incentive for South Delhi Municipal Corporation to help us.