Bharuch Rural Waste Management Program

Location : 2 villages near Bharuch, Paguthan & Kothi

Supported By : CLP India Pvt Ltd

Just as in most rural parts of India, there existed virtually no waste collection mechanism in the villages of Kothi and Paguthan near Bharuch, Gujarat. CLP India, as part of it’s CSR initiatives has been supporting various development initiatives in these villages. In order to expand their involvement in these villages, they have initiated a waste management program which is being implemented by Saahas.

This Waste Management program provides a solution for collection and processing of both biodegradable waste and non-biodegradable waste from both the villages. The programs are supported by the village Panchayats who have provided land for the waste processing units and also deployed staff for running the program. The key components of this program are: door-to-door awareness, source segregation of waste by the residents, daily collection of wet waste and weekly collection of dry waste, composting of wet waste, storage and sorting of dry waste in shed provided by the Panchayat, sale of recyclables and routing on non-recyclables to cement factories. This leads to maximum resource recovery from waste and no dumping of waste resulting in visibly cleaner villages.

Parivartana Hejje : Steps of Change

Location : Hubballi 

Supported By : Deshpande Foundation

Saahas has always believed in the decentralized waste management model and our program in Hubballi successfully showcase this. Under this program, a Dry Waste Collection Center has been setup in Hubballi where the dry waste collected from the local community is sorted. The center is run by an entrepreneur who sells the high value dry waste and sends the low-grade non-recyclable waste to the nearest cement factory.

While high value dry waste like paper, cardboard, PET bottles, metal cans are sold to scrap dealers for good rates, the low-grade waste like multi-layer food packaging (covers of chips, chocolates etc), shoes, textiles etc end up in landfills. This kind of waste, however, has a very high calorific value and can be used to generate energy through a process called coprocessing.

The collection staff is incentivized to bring the non-recyclable low-grade dry waste to the center and entrepreneur is incentivized to send it to the cement factories. This prevents 100% of the dry waste from being sent to the dumping grounds in and around the town.