By 2047, area equal to Mumbai, Chennai & Hyderabad will drown in garbage

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We love our trash to the apocalypse. Let me illustrate why.

“The Position Paper on The Solid Waste Management Sector in India – 2009”, a study conducted by the Ministry of Finance, has this to say: India will need more than 1,400 square kilometer of land to dump its unprocessed garbage. In other words, we will have drowned all of Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad in garbage. No, it will not take ages for this to happen. Just a little over 30 years, that’s all. That’s the speed at which we are trashing this earth. Continue reading

May Day tribute: 15,000 waste-pickers save Rs 84 crore for BBMP every year

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Yes, it’s true.

In all probability, this number might be an understatement as there maybe be more than 15,000 waste-pickers in the City going about their work every day—building new hopes and sometimes little habitats and hoping that one day, they will live to live and not to repent having lived a life of drudgery amidst a sea of sheer callousness.

A study conducted by Hasiru Dala, Jain University, Bangalore and Solid Waste Management Round Table in 2012 analysed the data of 4,175 registered waste-pickers aged between less-than-20 and above-60. What came to light was a number that this hapless lot could hardly accommodate within the realm of its imagination: 4,175 of them save Rs 23 crore annually. When extrapolated, 15,000 of them collectively keep Rs 84 crore safe in BBMP’s treasury. Continue reading

Bangalore must emulate D K Ravi’s Kolar waste management model

D K Ravi (Pic: Indian Express)

D K Ravi (Pic: Indian Express)

We do not yet know the truth behind the demise one of the finest IAS officers, D K Ravi. But what we do know is his stellar performance that earned him the wrath of his detractors and the love of the people he worked for.

Kolar city, where he served as deputy commissioner between August 2013 and October 2014, underwent a never-seen-before change. Although his contribution to revenue, land and water departments seems to have been well-recognised, his almost fool-proof solid waste management model he implemented for Kolar is yet to get the recognition it truly deserves, especially by the Bangalore civic authorities who have been struggling to put two-plus-two together. Continue reading

Solid waste management: Between ‘cleanliness’ and godliness lies hypocrisy

Ganesha festival and its after-effects at Sankey Tank in Bengaluru. (Pic source: The Hindu)

Ganesha festival and its after-effects at Sankey Tank in Bengaluru. (Pic source: The Hindu)

When Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan was kicked off on October 2 last, one of my Facebook friends reacted to this post and said, “Let’s first learn to put all the waste into one bin and then think of segregating it.” Continue reading

Visit to Mavallipura landfill reveals a new & horrifying chapter in ‘composting’

Landfill covered with a layer of soil. The leachate from these mounds enters an open tank located at the entrance of the facility.

Landfill covered with a layer of soil. The leachate from these mounds enters an open tank located at the entrance of the facility.

With the talk of Mavallipura landfill “revival” rending the air, I thought it was high time I visited the landfill and studied what it takes to compost biodegradable waste from 300 tonnes of mixed garbage per day which includes all possible kinds of hazardous waste. Continue reading