While the whole of Bengaluru was debating and contemplating on the segregation of waste at the sour
ce and resulting garbage crisis, Malleswaram was already ahead of the game.
Under the My Malleswaram initiative, the process of a wet waste collection and composting point had already begun in Kadumalleswara ward. Whereby the waste collected from homes is converted into compost through an aerobic method that takes away the stench from the neighborhood.
The project will be extended to all wards in Malleswaram constituency. The locations are already identified for setting up the collection and composting centers for other wards in approximately two months.
My Clean Malleswaram has hosted a day long exhibition on 26th Jan 2012 to showcase the various waste management solutions that are available for use that can be adopted by residents living in apartment complexes and individual homes.
What was showcased- Various waste management solutions including wet waste composting, biogas plants, vermin composting, plastic waste disposal, bio waste disposal, hazardous waste disposal and e-waste disposal.
Citizens benefit – Apartment Complexes and Individual homes will now have the opportunity to directly interact with solution providers and understand the various options available to them. My Clean Malleswaram will help connect them with the various vendors for implementation and act as a nodal agency to ensure a smooth and proper implementation. The exhibition also provides the opportunity to help citizens and apartment communities to implement waste management in their premises with support of training, starter kits and access to information.
Below are the some of the practices which can help to manage waste effectively.
- Segregate waste into dry wastes such as paper, cardboard, glass etc and wet wastes such as kitchen waste, dry leaves etc.
- Buy goods with little or no packaging or packaging that can be recycled.
- Train your housemaid on how to segregate waste into dry and wet wastes.
- Re-use strong plastic carrier bags instead of buying them, or use more permanent cloth bags for groceries.
- Recycle as much of your refuse as possible. Items such as glass bottles, tin cans, paper, plastic, vegetable matter and car oil can be recycled.
- Make compost from vegetable matter (kitchen waste) and garden waste (e.g. leaves/grass cuttings). Compost improves the soil structure and provides extra nutrients for garden plants.
- Repair an item instead of replacing it, or if you no longer want it, give it to a person who does.
- Try putting up different trash cans with labels as to the kind of trash that should be thrown into them. Separating them and classifying them into their proper categories would surely help on waste disposal. Educate garbage collectors and garbage contractors on need and importance of separating them.
- For effective control of solid waste 3 R’s â€” Reduce, Re-Use and Recycle. Reduce waste means try to avoid generating of wastes. Re-use is using of material again and again. Recycle is the processing used material into new one to reduce consumption of fresh material and prevent wastage of materials.
- Dumping kitchen waste in sink consumes more water and cause a bigger trouble for you and your family.