Sanitary/bio-medical waste: If the quantity is too high, that means segregation quality is low in your community

Picture1Over the last few days, I have received mails and calls from some green warriors who have just initiated or already championing segregation at source in their communities. They were concerned about the high cost involved in sending sanitary waste for incineration through Semb-Ramky or Maridi—the two authorised destinations where hazardous waste including hospital and sanitary waste, among others, gets incinerated. Continue reading

Aerobic home composting: Exploring Vani Murthy’s favourite methods

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Anything to do with composting case studies is incomplete until we hear from a certain someone. ‘Endlessly Green’ is happy to team up with this particular composting expert and thanks her and her ‘We Care for Malleswaram’ team-mate Shyamala Suresh for bringing you HOME COMPOSTING METHODS.
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My own home composting experiment, my own little triumph!

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These last two years I have spent experimenting with various community composting methods for our apartment and once a system fell in place, it got boring. Nothing more to work on, no more failures and no more small, sweet triumphs.

I thought of composting for my own garden without depending on the community compost sold at a price. We use Up’Grade (Reap Benefit) method for this which is a cocopeat-based inoculant sold at Rs 9 per kg. I bought 3 kgs of Up’Grade from the facility office and got going. Continue reading

Swachh Kolar 3: How wet waste is composted, dry waste recycled & sanitary waste incinerated

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Kolar CMC AE Kotreshappa Benni at one of the composting yards in Kolar.

If you have read the previous posts, I guess you will agree with me on this point: Frugality doesn’t necessarily mean lack of efficiency. Conversely, systemic efficiency doesn’t always come with huge spending or foreign technology. Most often, our hunt for solutions leads to divorcing ourselves from the local context and blindly adopting foreign methodologies which often fail to fit into our backyard.

If Kolar has succeeded in becoming a self-sustaining city, that’s mainly because it has evolved contextually by effectively utilising its human workforce and certain quintessentially local and time-tested techniques.

Here’s an account of how the district administration deals with each stream of segregated waste. Continue reading

Adopt 2b1b, segregate at home, says Dr B Jayashree

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Dr B Jayashree with two bins and one bag.

Being a versatile personality that lends dignity to any role she plays, any song she hums and any movie she acts in, Dr B Jayashree has been donning the role of an eco-campaigner to save Bengaluru from going to the brink. And that, as one can imagine, she does with aplomb. Continue reading

‘Symphony of the soil': A must-watch for every compost lover

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There are few studies more fascinating, and at the same time more neglected, than those of the teeming populations that exist in the dark realms of the soil. We know too little of the threads that bind the soil organisms to each other and to their world, and to the world above.
– Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, 1962.

symphony400x290More than half a century after she wrote this, scientists from all over the world humbly admit that nearly 70-80 per cent of the micro-organisms in the soil have not yet been even identified. It is simply beyond human comprehension to fathom the mysterious realms and marvellous abundance that exists in the soil—“the living skin of the earth”. Because what we know is infinitely insignificant as against what exists right beneath our feet. Just 30-40 inches, to be precise. Continue reading