HSR residents set example in community composting

Residents of the 3rd sector now take their kitchen waste to a compost device that was recently installed in the neighbourhood Twin Park.

On February 23rd, residents of HSR Layout 3rd sector got together for installation of a composting device in the Twin Park, taking another step towards responsible citizen engagement in waste management.

On 1st September, 2012, a Walkathon had been flagged off by the HSR corporator K Latha Narasimhamurthy, initiating a mission to make the neighbourhood plastic-free and implement effective segregation of garbage. However, thereafter, there was not much significant progress noted on the solid waste management front. The issue, in general, turned big for Bangalore which turned into Garbage City, as we saw everyday in the daily newspapers and on TV.

The composter at HSR Layout. Pic courtesy: Shrinivas Hegde

Members of the 3rd Sector Welfare Society geared up to the marathon task of initiating waste segregation and tried to ensure segregation through door to door campaigns, distribution of pamphlets, SMSes and e-mails to educate residents about the importance of adopting the system.

Social activists, Karunaprasad Kanavi, Dr Shanthi and others contributed their time and energy for this noble cause. The drive gained further momentum in the Layout as the Federation of HSR Layout took initiative to pass on the spirit and raise awareness among all the sector associations, so that they too geared up the campaign in their respective sectors in larger public interest.

On 18th February, 2013, H Jannappa, the new joint commissioner of BBMP, Bommanahalli Zone piloted a practical campaign on disposal of garbage by organising a demo by different agencies dealing in various compost devices. This meet, held at the HSR BDA Complex, emphasised the need to stop mixing waste. It showed to a larger audience that it was possible to utilize wet waste and convert it into garden manure in any scale – even at home, through the devices kept readily for demonstration.

This event impressed the residents and the RWAs, and they were enthused by the thought of having one of these devices to convert garbage into garden manure; perhaps, more so, as they were already fed up with garbage contractors who failed to execute proper door to door collection of wet and dry garbage. Many residents had complained that the BBMP collecting agency itself was mixing wet and dry garbage, thus worsening the process of management of solid waste.

Among the composting machines exhibited were Greentechlife Easy Indoor Composters, MorpH and EPOS Alternative Solution Compost Shredder. We preferred the MorpH manual compost device, which converts wet waste into garden manure which is a must for the park in which we planned to install it. Thus, on the morning of February 23rd, we organised installation of the device in the 3rd Sector Twin Park, presided over by Latha Narasimhamurthy and H Jannappa.

There were no red carpets or garlands, no puja or rituals……it was a simple, no-frills, developmental activity with the primary objective of demonstrating the functioning of the compost device installed. Residents were impressed and they feel proud now to bring their kitchen waste to the park from neighbouring houses and put it into the device as instructed, in a systematic manner with smiles on their faces.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Similar Story

City Buzz: Delhi’s water crisis, heatwave | NEET exam again for 1,563 … and more

In other news: Property prices spike in Tier-2 cities, 10 million urban houses under PMAY in 5 years and menstrual hygiene rules for schools.

Battling Delhi's water crisis amid heatwave The Delhi High Court on June 12 directed Haryana to reply to a contempt plea over its non-compliance of the court’s earlier order regarding water supply to Delhi. But the Haryana government on June 12 had told the Supreme Court that no excess water was released by Himachal Pradesh to send to Delhi. Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on June 11 formed “quick response teams” to manage main water distribution networks and prevent leakages, according to Water and Revenue Minister Atishi. Additional district magistrates (ADMs) and sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) were deployed to…

Similar Story

Councillor Talk: Menaga Shankar of Ward 197 promises access to education and government services

Menaga Shankar, Councillor of Ward 197 has a vision of improving the standards of corporation schools and bringing e-Sevai centres to her ward.

Menaga Shankar was born, brought up and married in Uthandi, now a part of Ward 197. She contested on an AIADMK ticket and was elected as a first-time councillor from the same ward. A political science student in college, she entered politics to bring good educational infrastructure to the people. She says she is particularly invested in the education of girl children. Ward 197 has upmarket localities with posh bungalows along the coast, while on the other hand, it is also home to marginalised communities who depend on fishing and farming for their livelihood. The ward’s boundaries begin in Akkarai…