Supported By

Parivartana Hejje – Steps of Change


Supported By

Setting up sustainable solid waste management systems in three Panchayats of Bengaluru Urban District


Marenahalli, Bagalur and Bandikodigehalli Panchayats of Bengaluru Urban District

Supported By

Shell Pahal Social Welfare Association

Focus Areas

Awareness & behavioural change; Setting up end to end solid waste management system


November 2022 to Ongoing


13,926 households in the 3 Gram Panchayats


Setting up 3 SWM Units, processing of 2 TPD of waste; training 100+ staff at GP and Taluk level



Key stakeholders

Community and Rural Local Bodies

The Panchayats in Bengaluru Urban District are highly urbanised and are seen as extensions of the Bengaluru city. Thus while the population density and waste generation is like any other part of the city, the waste management system is handled by the Gram Panchayat which has limited access to funds and knowledge to set up robust holistic systems.

As part of this initiative Saahas is working in the 3 Gram Panchayats to set up model SWM Units which have composting and dry waste sorting infrastructure, and storage facility for the sorted waste and for sanitary waste till it is handed over to the authorized handler. The intervention also involves working with the community to inculcate the practice of handing over segregated waste to the door-to-door collection staff and stopping the habit of dumping or burning waste. Along with this, the Panchayat members of the villages and the Yelahanka Taluk are being trained to set up collection and processing operations by deploying the required number of staff and collecting user fees to meet the operational expenses.