Bidar Waste Management Program near Karez

Location : Naubad, Bidar

Supported By : Deccan Heritage Foundation & Nestle

Deccan Heritage Foundation is working on restoration of ancient Karez system in Naubad, Bidar. The Karez extends for 2km starting from the mouth near Siddeshwara temple to the mother well in the agricultural fields. There is plenty of habitation around the initial 1.5km of the Karez and the rest is mostly agricultural land. A lot of littering is seen around the wells of the Karez, which appear at every 75mts along the stretch. As a result a lot of plastic waste is seen in the water flowing inside the Karez.

It was found that as there is virtually no waste collection system in the impact zone around the karez and source segregation of waste is not being practiced by the household. This is leading to dumping and open burning of the waste in the impact zone causing air, water and soil pollution.

The objective of the program is to inculcate practices of source segregation in the communities around the Karez, facilitate door-to-door collection of wet and dry waste, set up composting infrastructure and a Dry Waste Collection and Sorting center. This will prevent from waste entering into the Karez wells and will improve the overall hygiene of the Karez impact zone.

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.