Sunhera Kal, Chikkajala Waste Management

Location : Chikkajala Grama Panchayat (Bengaluru Rural District)

Supported By : ITC Limited

Chikkajala Grama Panchayat (GP) lies in close proximity to BIAL airport. The area comprises of lower income small dwellings, as well as high income houses and multi dwellings. It is a semi urban area, where the Panchayat has an existing system of door to door collection, but waste is being littered around the GP limits, due to lack of awareness among the residents. Waste collected is dumped outside the GP and is frequently burnt which leads to severe pollution of the surroundings, and the lake is nearly contaminated.

The Waste Management program under ITC Mission Sunhera Kal project is an effort to provide a solution to disposal of waste in the GP. The key components of this program are: awareness creation and sensitization of Chikkajala residents towards the growing problem of waste, source segregation of waste by the residents, enabling home composting of food waste, daily waste collection from Bazaar street, alternate wet waste collection from households and shops, weekly collection of dry waste from households, GP level composting of wet waste, storage and sorting of dry waste in shed, sale of recyclables and routing of non-recyclables to cement factories. To enable maximum resource recovery from waste and prevent dumping of mixed waste in the GP.

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.